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The African American Breastfeeding Network of Milwaukee was formed to address breastfeeding disparities, increase awareness of the benefits and value of mother's milk, build community allies and de-normalize formula use.  Our mission is to promote breastfeeding as the natural and best way to provide optimal nourishment to babies and young children.

AABN is conducting a research project with Milwaukee Area Businesses that have lactation rooms/programs!   Do you work for an organization, agency or corporation that has a lactation program? If so, we would like to talk with them and acknowledge them for their efforts/support!  Please Contact the Executive Director of AABN at (414) 264-3441 or email her at aabn@ymail.com to give us the name of the organization with lactation space.  Thank you


Fathers Welcome! Special session for expecting dads during community gathering


In the Community

Our focus is to normalize breastfeeding by bringing pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and their families together with lactation consultants.  Our monthly Community Breastfeeding Gatherings feature a three class series and are held at the Northside YMCA.  Our gatherings serve as the bridge connecting mothers from hospital to their home and to their communities. 

 

Supporting Mothers

Mothers connect with lactation consultants and develop a social network that encourages them to reach their breastfeeding goals.  Our breastfeeding specialists and peer counselors offer early postpartum (first 3-5 days) home visitation, phone counseling and advocacy to support mothers.

Engaging Fathers

The fathers' peer advocate leads group discussions with males and provides individual guidance on the benefits of maintaining a breastfeeding schedule and identifying methods to motivate men to become active parents in creating a healthy lifestyle for their children.  These methods include goal settings skills, improved communication, cooperative planning and relaxation exercises.

Providing Accurate Information

Dispelling myths about breastfeeding removes one of the greatest barriers to successful breastfeeding for African American mothers.  Teaching evidenced-based information, current research and trends and giving expert advice at our Breastfeeding Community Gatherings has proven to build breastfeeding confidence and transform generations of families into breastfeeding advocates.

Making A Difference

  AABN has seen continuous growth since its inception and has reached over 800 pregnant women.  Mothers who attend our Community Breastfeeding Gatherings are more likely to initiate breastfeeding in the hospital, ask for help when needed and thus reach their breastfeeding goals.  

See Us in Action!

AABN is dedicated to educating and empowering families to breastfeed their children

Our Next Gathering

On November 13th AABN was honored at the 8th Annual Excellence in Community Service Celebration hosted by the Black Child Development Institute (BCDI)

On November 13th AABN was honored at the 8th Annual Excellence in Community Service Celebration hosted by the Black Child Development Institute (BCDI)

Milwaukee Breastfeeding - Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families (LIHF)  features AABN. The Normalizing Breastfeeding project in Milwaukee seeks to increase breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity rates by providing provides support services to pregnant women, expectant fathers and new parents.

AABN executive director and co-founder, Dalvery Blackwell, speaks at the National Black Child Development Institute's 44th annual conference in Detroit, MI on October 11th. AABN is featured in it's 2014 Milwaukee report "Being black is not a risk factor

AABN executive director and co-founder, Dalvery Blackwell, speaks at the National Black Child Development Institute's 44th annual conference in Detroit, MI on October 11th. AABN is featured in it's 2014 Milwaukee report "Being black is not a risk factor

The African American Breastfeeding Network honored and recognized on October 9, 2014 at its Community Gathering the Milwaukee Center for Independence and Malika Child Development Center with its 2014 Award for Supporting Working Mothers!

The African American Breastfeeding Network honored and recognized on October 9, 2014 at its Community Gathering the Milwaukee Center for Independence and Malika Child Development Center with its 2014 Award for Supporting Working Mothers!


Please considering donating: baby clothes, breastfeeding items, crock pots, nursing bras, new breast pumps, blankets, baby hats, etc.  Call (414) 264-3441.

breastfeeding law

Breastfeeding Report Card 2013

The Breastfeeding Report Card, 2013 was released July 31st, 2013 by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Now in its 7th year, the Breastfeeding Report Card provides indicators on state and national trends in breastfeeding data. States can use this Report Card and previous years’ Report Cards to track progress, identify the areas where mothers need more support, and work within their communities to better protect, promote, and support breastfeeding mothers.

Attached is a Wisconsin report with data acquired from the National Immunization Survey (NIS) for our general population and Wisconsin WIC population data from the former Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System (PedNSS) and the Wisconsin WIC ROSIE system. The national report can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/data/reportcard.htm

 


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"Breastfeeding Works for Working Mothers"

Employers with more than 50 employees are required to provide reasonable break times for nursing mothers to express milk, until the child is one year old.  They also have to provide a private space for pumping which is not a bathroom and is free from intrusion.  Click here for more info.

Frequently Asked Questions: Breaktime for Nursing Mothers

Reasonable Breaktime for Nursing Mothers.  It's the Law!  Download Pamphlet


Funding for this website provided by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health for the Wisconsin Partnership Program

 

Funding for this website probided by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health for the Wisconsin Partnership Program