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County celebrates Black Breastfeeding Week
August 21, 2018
SOLANO COUNTY – The Solano County Department of Health and Social Services, Public Health Division's Black Infant Health Program and Women, Infants and Children program are partnering together to empower breastfeeding within the African American community in celebration of Black Breastfeeding week, August 25 – 31, 2018.
During Black Breastfeeding Week, the Black Infant Health (BIH) and Women, Infant and Children’s (WIC) program participants will gain access to breastfeeding resources and opportunities to view positive breastfeeding images featuring African American mothers and infants. Participants can also take advantage of two "Mocha Momma" chat sessions – whether they are pregnant for the first time or experienced – as an opportunity to discuss the importance of normalizing breastfeeding among African American mothers.
“Talking about breastfeeding is important in the African American community because it can help reduce health disparities that disproportionately affect Black women and their infants,” said Yolanda Bryant, Community Outreach Liaison and Health Education Specialist for the Black Infant Health Program. “We are grateful to be partnering with WIC to celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week and hope that the activities will encourage more African American women in our community to provide breastmilk to their babies.”
Black Breastfeeding Week was created in 2012 to address the disparities in breastfeeding rates among African American women across the nation. This year’s theme is 'Love on Top’ to emphasize the loving, nurturing aspect of breastfeeding.
The first Mocha Momma Chat will take place on Thursday, August 30 from 2:30 – 4 p.m. in the WIC Vallejo office, located at 365 Tuolumne Street. The second chat will take place on Friday, August 31 from 2:30 – 4 p.m. in the WIC Fairfield office, located at 2101 Courage Drive.
To register for the Mocha Momma chat sessions, visit Eventbrite and search “Mocha Momma.”
For information on activities taking place during Black Breastfeeding Week, contact Yolanda Bryant, Health Education Specialist at (707) 553-5026 and YMBryant@SolanoCcounty.com and Christina Hatcher, Health Education Specialist at (707) 784-8329 and CCHatcher@SolanoCounty.com.