Racial Equity Webinars
Series Concluded in July 2020
The United States Breastfeeding Committee hosted this series of bi-monthly webinars as part of its efforts to "create and model a culture of inclusion, diversity & equity" (USBC Strategic Framework Goal 4). With funding support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the series focused on building the capacity of the breastfeeding field to apply both an "equity lens" to inform and guide our external strategies and activities, but also an "equity mirror" to examine our internal structures, culture, and policies.
The USBC has been funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to host this community as part of an inclusive learning and transformation process for the "First Food" field. The community will build the capacity of the breastfeeding field to apply both an "equity lens" to inform and guide our external strategies and activities, but also an "equity mirror" to examine our internal structures, culture, and policies.
To access previous webinar recordings and search the archives by keyword, speaker name, and more, visit the file library in the Racial Equity Learning Community.
Recent webinar sessions:
The B.L.A.C.K Course
Ngozi D. Walker-Tibbs and TaNefer Camara
The B.L.A.C.K course is a full scope lactation and breastfeeding education course made by and for Black People and folks supporting black breastfeeding. This course is designed to be a prep course for Aspiring IBCLC’s, breastfeeding counselors, and birth workers. This session will provide a framework for understanding how racism impacts breastfeeding disparities and access to human milk in the black community. Participants will learn how imbalanced and oppressive social structures prevent the inherent right for black families to provide human milk as the first food. Breastfeeding is the first revolutionary act in healing for the black community and the start of foundational lifelong health. Restorative justice starts with breastfeeding! Due to systems of oppression, our traditional family and community practices have been lost. Contrary to popular belief, colonized teachings and practices in the lactation career field have been a detriment to black communities. Thus the continuous perpetuation of disparity gaps in human milk feeding. Now is the time to reclaim our power and practices. We must build power in our communities, starting with supportive birth and breastfeeding practices.
Envisioning a Breastfeeding-Friendly System 2.0
Kiddada Green, Founding Executive Director, Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association
Envisioning a Breastfeeding-Friendly System 2.0 is a solution-driven presentation designed to tackle breastfeeding inequities at both a public and private/institutional level. Join the USBC in this presentation that will explore the key elements of a breastfeeding-friendly system. A breastfeeding-friendly system is one where; 1) the community voice is honored, 2) policies, attitudes, and practices align to achieve racial equity in breastfeeding, 3) institutions and agents of institutions demonstrate accountability to the community for their acts and behaviors.