Podcast: Breastfeeding for Healthy Babies and Healthy Communities

Podcast: Breastfeeding for Healthy Babies and Healthy Communities

August 22, 2017

Produced by Katie Kuhn, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

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Research has shown that, while breastfeeding has numerous benefits for both mom and baby, many women – particularly women of color – do not decide to breastfeed.

Our guests today, Dalvery Blackwell of the African American Breastfeeding Network and Samantha Perry, Project Manager of Racine Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families at Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency, Inc, are out in the community every day connecting women and families with the knowledge and resources they need to make the right feeding choice for themselves and their children.

The message that Dalvery, Samantha, and their colleagues want to deliver is one of understanding: the most important thing a mother can do for her baby is make the feeding choice that is right for her. For some women, that means breastfeeding proudly and publicly. For others, that may mean choosing to breastfeed in private, or not choosing to breastfeed at all. Through their work, Dalvery and Samantha work with both mothers and fathers to promote the benefits of breastfeeding and to keep the conversation going.

We are also joined by frequent Living Local guest Tonda Thompson, Community Engagement Coordinator for Milwaukee LIHF Collaborative, funded by Wisconsin Partnership Program. A new mom, Tonda shares her breastfeeding journey with our experts who give her advice and provide the encouragement and support that should surround every mom and every baby in our community.

Join the African American Breastfeeding Network (AABN) at their next Community Breastfeeding Gathering and the Lift up Every Baby! event. Learn more.

Join Samantha and the Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency at the 5th annual Baby Expo on Saturday, September 30. Learn more.  

Read more about the work of the Milwaukee Lifecourse Initiative for Healthy Families Collaborative and United Way’s work in Healthy Birth Outcomes.

Your gift to the Community Fund or to United Way’s Healthy Birth Outcomes initiative helps us continue to work with community partners to reduce infant mortality. Learn more about how you can give today.









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