Bridging the Breastfeeding Gap – Our Stories

Bridging the Breastfeeding Gap – Our Stories

Since August 2018, Bridging the Breastfeeding Gap has been an event aimed at providing breastfeeding education and resources to employers, organizations and community members during National Breastfeeding Month. The event was created in collaboration between the Oakland County Health Division and OCBC. In 2019, MIBFN joined forces to provide sponsorship, presentations, and event exhibits. In 2020, we are thrilled to expand our local-statewide partnership and the impact of our National Breastfeeding Month offerings by welcoming Learn, Lactate, Grow into this partnership and supporting their growth as a community-based breastfeeding coalition in Pontiac, Michigan.

Learn, Lactate, Grow (LLG). LLG is a Pontiac-based breastfeeding coalition and support group for Black and Brown families in the Pontiac area. Their founder and chair, Lorina Walker, is a trusted child care owner and provider in Pontiac. In leveraging her childcare partnerships to dismantle barriers to breastfeeding, she is building a community of breastfeeding advocates including grandmothers, fathers, and childcare providers. We are thrilled to support her work and serve alongside her as she expands Learn, Lactate, Grow to meet the needs of Black and Brown families in her community.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are shifting our Building the Breastfeeding Gap programming online and, in solidarity with the ongoing racial uprising in support of Black lives, and in acknowledgement of the disparate systemic barriers facing Black and Indigenous breastfeeding families, we will be gathering and sharing stories from throughout the Oakland county area that specifically center Black and Indigenous People of Color and their birth and breastfeeding experiences of challenge, resilience and reclamation.

Through Bridging the Breastfeeding Gap – Our Stories, community members will be invited to document their breastfeeding experiences through video, photo, and/or written word. With permission, we will share these stories on the OCBC website and promote them on MIBFN, OCBC, and LLG social media. 

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