Community Approach to Breastfeeding Support Workshop Series

About the Workshop Series

Our workshop series began in 2009, first titled “Community Breastfeeding”. The workshop series naturally transitioned into, “Cultural Competence in Breastfeeding Support for African Americans”. Workshops originated due to a need expressed by healthcare professionals that emerged out of our annual seminars. Through this workshop series, we have and continue to, provide culturally-appropriate and relevant strategies, information, applicable skills and action steps to agency employees that have an interest in maternal-child-health. Our focus is aligned with our mission to increase the awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding throughout the African American community.  We are decreasing the disparities in breastfeeding rates by providing real workshop sessions to agencies that service black families. Contact us today to find out how we can best service your agency!!!

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About the Presenters

BMBFA has comprised a team of highly trained consultants with a wealth of experience in professional development.  BMBFA has hosted, facilitated and participated in local, regional and national meetings, conferences, workshops and discussions for healthcare professionals.  BMBFA’s consultants have been outsourced by many agencies including; The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, The U.S. Office on Women’s Health, The United States Breastfeeding Committee, Ramsey County W.I.C., All About Lactation, Delaware Department of Community Health and Social Services, Rush Medical Center, Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness, Kentuckiana Lactation Improvement Coalition, Colorado WIC Program, Illinois Department of Health, United States Lactation Consultant Association, Saint Mary’s Health Care, Michigan Department of Community Health and University of Minnesota.

What Others Have Said…

“You gave us an abundance of useful information,” ~ attendee at Illinois Peer Counselor Conference.

“I’m happy to have new strategies to support our breastfeeding moms,” ~ Ann Arbor, MI attendee at Cultural Competence in Breastfeeding Support for African Americans Workshop Series.

“Transformational!” ~ workshop attendee.

“Your input was invaluable,” ~ Dr. Suzanne Haynes, Washington, D.C. – U.S. Office on Women’s Health.

“The best breastfeeding session I’ve ever attended!” ~ Detroit, MI attendee at Innovations in Breastfeeding Support Seminar.

“This was the highlight of the Meeting,” ~ Dr. Paula Meier, Chicago, IL – Rush University Medical Center.

“You did a great job presenting a difficult piece of info! Very clear & organized,” ~ workshop attendee.

Kiddada Green and/or Kendra Rowser

I. Community Breastfeeding (1.5 hours)

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  1. Define “community breastfeeding”.
  2.  Describe “active community outreach”.
  3.  Describe “active support”.
  4.  Illustrate ways to support, protect and promote breastfeeding within the community.



II. Eliminating Breastfeeding Disparities for African Americans (1.5 hours)

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  1. Describe how historical events have influenced breastfeeding outcomes in African American communities.
  2. List societal and social barriers that hinder breastfeeding success.
  3.  Identify strategies to eliminate disparities in breastfeeding rates for African Americans.
  4.  List available resources to support breastfeeding for African Americans.



III. Ways of Talking That Make a Difference (1.0 hours)

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  1. Describe how dialogue is used as a reflective process to seek understanding of mothers’ viewpoints.
  2. State ways to participate in dialogue while monitoring yourself, the process and the whole.
  3.  Demonstrate ways to talk to mothers about breastfeeding.



IV. Mother-led Community-based Breastfeeding Club (1.0 hours)

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  1.  State procedures related to organizing a breastfeeding support group.
  2. List factors that contribute to the sustainability of a breastfeeding support group.
  3. Identify key factors that make Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Club a successful breastfeeding support group.