To learn more about Quarterly Network Meetings, please visit www.mibreastfeeding.org/QNM

Children are welcome and milk expression spaces are available.

Click here to register. 

Please note: QNM registration is free, but we ask that you RSVP to ensure we can prepare for the comfort and nourishment of all attendees.

Meeting participants will:

  • Learn from local champions and leaders about their approaches to breastfeeding support
  • Share with other QNM participants about their efforts to advance local support
  • Connect with MIBFN team and other local breastfeeding supporters to form ongoing linkages to continued collaboration


Note: this is a working agenda and we will update it as more details are confirmed – stay tuned!

8:30am-9:00am: Sign-in & Light Refreshments

9:00am-9:30am: Welcome, Acknowledgement of the Land, and Opening Remarks: Vanessa Moon and Katie Pearson, Kalamazoo Breastfeeding Coalition & Shannon McKenney Shubert, Michigan Breastfeeding Network

9:30am-10:30am: Centered in Self, Together: Kama Tai Mitchell, Rootead

10:30am-11:00am: State of Michigan Breastfeeding Updates:  Marji Cyrul, MDHHS WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator

11:00am-12:00pm: The Perfect Storm: Navigating Postpartum: Sokhna Heathyre Mabin, Healthy Babies Healthy Start

12:00pm-12:30pm: Networking Lunch and Local Announcements

12:30pm-1:30pm: Local Breastfeeding Champion Panel – The 4th Trimester and Beyond: Shifting the Paradigm of Support for Breastfeeding Families: Facilitator – Gi’Anna Cheairs, Michigan Breastfeeding Network

  • Bianca Essix, Seeds for Success
  • Julie Davis, Caring Network
  • Kristine Ward, Nurse Family Partnership of Kalamazoo County
  • Rickeshia Williams, Grace Health, Milk Like Mine, and Sistah To Sistah
  • Stephanie Freeman, Grace Health, Milk Like Mine, and Sistah To Sistah
  • Teresa Valdez, Healthy Family America

1:30pm-3:30pm: Where Do We Go From Here? A Facilitated Group Conversation: Facilitator – Kama Tai Mitchell, Rootead

3:30pm-4:00pm: Reflections and Evaluation: Gi’Anna Cheairs, Michigan Breastfeeding Network

We recommend reviewing these learning resources before you come to the September QNM.

For additional learning opportunities, please check out MIBFN’s Learning Resources page.

Quarterly Network Meetings are a team effort and we are thankful to these local organizations and individuals for their collaboration:

Where is the meeting? Our September QNM is in the Lawrence Education Center Auditorium at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

When is the meeting? The meeting is from 9am-4pm on September 19, 2019. Registration begins at 8:30am.

How much does the meeting cost to attend? Is parking included? The meeting is free to attend and complimentary parking will be available at and around the venue.

Am I able to bring my children and will I be able to express my milk at the QNM? Children are welcome and milk expression spaces are provided at all Michigan Breastfeeding Network events.

Is lunch provided? Light breakfast items and lunch will be provided free of charge to registrants.

Does the meeting offer continuing education? We plan to apply for 2 CERPs for the meeting. If approved, CERPs will be distributed via email after the meeting to QNM attendees who complete the post-QNM evaluation in its entirety.

We appreciate all those who take the time to learn, share, and connect with us!

We value your feedback and input. If you are able to join us for this QNM, you can share your feedback after the meeting here. This evaluation will be open until Friday, September 27th at 5pm EST. CERPs/Certificates of Attendance will be distributed to those who attended the meeting and requested them on the evaluation within 2-3 weeks of the QNM.

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