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Celebrate Black Breastfeeding week at Hessel Park on Saturday

Nursing mothers, lactating parents, supportive partners, friends, and any who may be interested in breast/chestfeeding are invited to a free community event Hessel Park on Saturday August 21st from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to recognize Black Breastfeeding Week.

Local doula and certified lactation counselor, Isis Rose, is hosting what she hopes will be an annual local event celebrating and encouraging breastfeeding in the Black community. There are great disparities in rates related to breastfeeding initiation and exclusive breastfeeding beyond six months, with Black/African American mothers and lactating people having some of the lowest rates.

The event will feature DJ CK from the Blackest Hour radio of WRFU, and there will be opportunities to meet other Black breastfeeding folks and get information about lactation resources in our community. There will be a Black Breastfeeding Week banner for group photos and selfies. Lactating people who identify as Black are encouraged to wear all-black to be featured in a large group photo. Light refreshments will be provided. For more details, check out the Facebook event page.

Those interested in volunteering can sign up here.

If you would like a “We Support Lactation” decal to become a breast/chestfeeding friendly business, fill out this form.

You can read more about Isis Rose and the services she provides here.

Top photo by Kreative Vision Photography.

Staff writer

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