BLACK BREASTFEEDING WEEK 2021

 

One week, countless ways to help and support Black and Brown mothers on their breastfeeding journeys.

We’re breaking down the barriers around Black breastfeeding, because it has never been more important to talk about the healthiest bond between mom and baby.

In Delaware, Black babies are 2.5 times more likely to die than white babies before their first birthday. According to the CDC, increased breastfeeding by Black mothers could decrease infant mortality rates by as much as 50%.

For many reasons, breastfeeding isn’t always the easiest choice, but when it comes to the health benefits for Black babies and moms, it is the best choice. This week, we’re celebrating the many benefits that start with you.

Black Breastfeeding Week is a national program to show how important breastfeeding can be for Black babies, mothers, families, and entire communities.

Daily Events
Click below to register.

The Connect: Black Maternal Health Virtual Pop-Up
Wednesday, August 25, 6 to 8 p.m.
Join us for featured guests, virtual happy hours and workshops dealing with topics like advocating as a Black man, Breastfeeding programs as safe havens and successful legislative initiatives.

Register


Community Baby Shower
Sunday, August 29, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

DAP Hall
2201 Lancaster Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19805

Join the Nemours Cares Community Baby Shower, where Expectant mothers will be showered with resources from multiple community experts, as well as essential items to assist with becoming a new mom. Virtual options are available for mothers who cannot or do not feel comfortable attending in-person events. A baby shower drop off is also available.

To register, please call 302-218-8941.


Lift Every Voice
Monday, August 30, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Join us for a listening session “Revive. Restore. Reclaim!” We want to hear from you! Share your experiences, thoughts, and ideas. Your voice matters.

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Breastfeeding: It Takes a Village Part II
Tuesday, August 31, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Learn from state leaders how you can help support breastfeeding, why Black Breastfeeding Week is important, and how breastfeeding relates to Black maternal health.

Register

Please continue to check back as more event information is added.

 

Hear from real women.

“The most incredible thing about breastfeeding is the unique bond it creates that will exist between you and your child only. Nothing like being able to comfort your child with what feels like magic, or a gummy smile directed at you.”
– LaShanna, breastfeeding participant

“Breastfeeding is the superior choice of infant food, and I appreciate the help of the WIC program.”
Ana, breastfeeding participant

“As a mother of 10 children, I exclusively breastfed eight. What a difference in the magic of breast milk. I was helping mothers in the community long before I heard of a breastfeeding peer counselor. When I heard of the opportunity with the WIC program, I knew it was my calling. I absolutely love what I do!”
– Andrea, breastfeeding peer counselor

 

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