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.


AABN Vision Statement

Our vision is to live in a world where breastfeeding is the norm within the African American community.


Meet the Founders


Dalvery Blackwell


Dalvery Blackwell is Executive Director and a co-founder of the African American Breastfeeding Network (AABN). She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and holds a bachelor in Journalism/Communications. Through Mrs. Blackwell’s leadership and vision, AABN has built eminent goodwill in the community.  The organization has been recognized and highlighted in local, state, and national media and reports, most notably the April 2015 Essence Magazine Ten Things People Are Talking About, January 2015 Associated Press, 2014 CDC Breastfeeding Report Card and the 2014 Black Child Development Institute-Milwaukee report Being Black is Not a Risk Factor: Statistics and Strengths-Based Solutions.  She has been instrumental in creating and building AABN’s core program, Community Breastfeeding Gatherings, which is seen has a national model.  Mrs. Blackwell’s alliances with community leaders and institutions has coin her champion for family-centered health. In 2015 she was among 15 national leaders selected to participate in a 2 year cohort studying racial equity at the Center for Social Inclusion.  She received the 2017 Woman of Commitment Award from the Wisconsin Alliance for Women Health. This year she is a Milwaukee Community Journal 2018 Year of the Child: A Game Changer Honoree. She and her husband of 18 years have two pre-teen children, Sequoia and Aldous II.


Angelia Wilks-Tate

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.



Our Community-based Breastfeeding Peer Counselor (CBPC) is a trusted member of the community who provides appropriate education and breastfeeding support to women and their families during pregnancy, early postpartum months, and continues as long as the mom is breastfeeding.  She has received training to help moms make an informed decision, and when it’s appropriate to refer moms to a lactation consultant.  She visit mothers in the hospital and in their homes to safeguard breastfeeding initiation, observe latch/position, identify concerns, etc.  The CPBC role in building breastfeeding confidence and helping moms reach their breastfeeding goals is a necessary and valued.

AABN’s Father Peer Advocates facilitate the CBG father session and provide early postpartum support to ensure breastfeeding success and strong support from male partners and family.


Shay Knox (CLC)
Certified Lactation Counselor®


Robert Brox
Father Peer Advocate

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Maleisha MaShe (CLC)
Certified Lactation Counselor®


Board of Directors

Board members serve as fiduciaries who steer AABN towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure  the organization has adequate resources to advance its mission  and vision. 


Advisory Council

Members bring unique knowledge and skills to effectively guide the organization programmatically to propel AABN's mission and vision.


Board of Directors

Dr. Veneshia McKinney, President
Medical College of WI

Felice Green, Vice President
Community Volunteer

Brandee Roberts, Secretary
Aurora Sinai Medical Center

LaToya Dennis, Treasurer
Milwaukee Public Radio

LuVerda Martin, Member At Large
West Allis Women's Pavilion Women's Care Center
Aurora Health Care

Angie Wilks-Tate
President—AABN Advisory Council
Milwaukee Health Service-WIC Director


Advisory Council

Angie Wilks-Tate, President

State Representative David Bowen, District 10

Deanna Brown

Susan DeGraff

Daphne Johnson