Black Breastfeeding Awareness Week is August 25th-31st
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
"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.
Reasonable Breaktime for Nursing Mothers. It's the Law! Download Pamphlet
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