AABN Mission Statement

The African American Breastfeeding Network Inc. ( AABN ) was established in 2008 to address breastfeeding  disparities by increasing awareness of the benefits and value of mother’s milk, building community allies, and      de-normalizing formula use. AABN’s mission is to promote breastfeeding as the natural and the best way to  provide optimal nourishment to babies and young children. Our vision is to live in a world where breastfeeding is  the norm within the African American community.

Meet the Founders


Dalvery Blackwell has been helping families since 2007. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and holds a bachelor in Journalism/Communications. Mrs. Blackwell is a co-founder and executive director. She has worked for the Aurora Health Care WIC program and the Marquette Neighborhood Health Clinic.  In 2008, she helped AABN increase awareness of breastfeeding disparities, form community allies, and normalize breastfeeding.  She hasb een instrumental in creating and building the core projects the Mocha Milk Notes quarterly newsletter and Breastfeeding Community Gatherings.  Her work was has been recognized locally and internationally.  Mrs. Blackwell is married and the mother of two exclusively breastfed children Sequoia and Aldous II.

“We are here to serve because there is a great need.” Co-Founding Executive Director, Dalvery Blackwell




Angelia Wilks-Tate is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Lactation Specialist. For the past 10 years, she has actively served as the Project Director of the Women, Infant and Children’s (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program for Milwaukee Health Services, Inc. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics from Mount Mary College and Master’s of Science in Nutrition from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine
and Science. She is an advocate who is committed to promoting wellness, good health and nutrition in the community in which she lives and serves. She is a co-founder of the African-American Breastfeeding Network of Milwaukee (AABN) and considers it an honor to help mothers have a successful breastfeeding experience. Mrs. Wilks-Tate is married and the mother of two beautiful children, Ciara and Jalen who were breastfed 20 and 16 months respectively.

Advisory Council


Deanna Brown

Rep. David Bowen

Susan DeGraff

Daphne Johnson

Dinah Scott

Angie Wilks-Tate, President

Board of Directors

Dr. Veneshia Mckinney-Whitson, Board President

VacancyVice President

Erica Horton, Treasurer

Brandee Roberts, Secretary

LuVerda Martin, Member At Large


Maleisha Reedy

Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Nigeria Nealy

Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Robert Brox

Father Peer Counselor