#ReclaimIndigenousBreastfeeding Fundraiser

#ReclaimIndigenousBreastfeeding Fundraiser

Breastfeeding saves lives, especially in emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic. The ongoing pandemic has been disproportionately deadly for Indigenous families and shined an even brighter light on the systemic racism that often causes poor health outcomes in Indigenous communities. The impacts of colonization, family separation and forced assimilation on Indigenous people result in breastfeeding rates that do not reflect the traditional birth and breastfeeding practices of Indigenous cultures.

Indigenous birth and breastfeeding supporters, like Lindsey McGahey, IBC, FSD, are reclaiming traditional birth and breastfeeding practices by learning and sharing the wisdom of their ancestors. In addition to serving as a breastfeeding peer counselor at the Chippewa County Health Department, Lindsey also participated in the Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor training in June 2018 and has formed an integral part of the community that has evolved since. Throughout the pandemic, she continues to bravely show up to support Indigenous families. Lindsey’s sentiment is that “breastfeeding never stops.” Out of deep love for her community, she makes herself available nearly 24/7 to families in her roles as a panoramic doula, peer counselor, and Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor. 

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Why invest in the #ReclaimIndigenousBreastfeeding fundraiser?

With the lived experience of being a low-income mother, Lindsey humbly serves families without charging fees, providing her services for free. She prioritizes BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and low-income families. To meet the needs of her community, Lindsey has been slowly purchasing meals, materials, and supplies over the past few years with money out of her own pocket.

After getting to know Lindsey, her heart, and her work, it is clear that she is committed to serving families, and growing her capacity to serve, even if it is at her own expense. Lindsey says, “my goal is to begin traditional postpartum doula practices in-person as soon as my families are comfortable with that in the time of COVID-19.” This includes preparing and providing traditional meals to families. We are asking for your help to ensure that the Indigenous families Lindsey serves can continue receiving the breastfeeding support and doula services that they need, while Lindsey continues to support her own young children.

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What will the donations be used for?

We are working together with Lindsey to raise $5,000 to purchase items she will use to expand her services and serve more families: 

  • Postpartum meals
  • Gas cards
  • Laptop computer
  • Cell phone 
  • Mobile hotspot
  • HIPAA-compliant charting subscription
  • Baby scale 

If you are interested in purchasing any of these items and shipping them to Lindsey, click here for more information and reach out to hello@mibreastfeeding.org for shipping information.

Your support is crucial for the continued reclamation of traditional Indigenous birth and breastfeeding practices in the midst of COVID-19. Human milk is one way to safeguard the future of Indigenous families both during and after COVID-19. Thank you for your support!

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(734) 365-6559

hello@mibreastfeeding.org

503 Mall Court #296

Lansing, MI 48912

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