Gatini Tinsley




June 5, 2020

Now in its 12th year, Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA) will celebrate its second annual conference, previously known as The Motown Experience, with 170 registrants and four days of experts. Exciting keynote addresses, informative forums and opportunities to network with professionals who work daily to reduce maternal health disparities Black children face. 

This years conference is an opportunity to discuss and address the pressing issues Black mothers and babies face that impact them. The conference kicks off on June 8th, with Dr. Michal Young, MD as the keynote speaker on “Bedsharing and Breastfeeding.” Young will provide a review of bedsharing and use data for recommended  breastfeeding and bedsharing practices that include how bedsharing can aid in breastfeeding. 

Tuesday’s opening session features “Peer-to-Peer Milk Sharing in a Pandemic.” Here you can learn steps for home pasteurization of human milk and ways to safely milk share during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Transforming the Spirit of Care: Detroit’s First Freestanding Birth Center” follows. Wednesday’s session covers “Battling Bias: Community-Centered, Digital Innovations for Equitable Care.” Registrants will have a chance to attend a workshop with BMBFA’s Founding Executive Director, Kiddada Green, MAT and gain usable skills to support training and advocacy in “Using Direct Service, Training & Advocacy to Optimize the First Food Experience.”

Additionally, BMBFA will welcome a total of 15 prominent speakers and contributors throughout the conference that will include virtual meetups, panel discussions as well as networking opportunities for those who choose to virtually attend. 

BMBFA is grateful for the support of our platinum sponsor the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. For more information on our conference speakers or to register, please visit our conference page at


BMBFA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 2007. BMBFA’s mission is to reduce racial inequities in breastfeeding support for black families. The mission is carried out by way of direct service, trainings, advocacy and social movement. Nationally, BMBFA is a recognized leader in the field. Among other distinguished work and awards, BMBFA served as a contributing expert for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention by providing recommendations for the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding. BMBFA is nationally accredited by HealthConnect One for its community-based doula program. Its signature work, Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Club (BMBFC), is nationally replicated and has run without interruption for over 10 years. Furthermore, BMBFA is the anchor organization for the Black Breastfeeding Caucus, co-leader/creator of Black Breastfeeding Week and the Black Infant Remembrance Memorial. Learn more at


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