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Next WALC Meeting: 

May 18, 2021 – WALC Webinar via Zoom – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Baby Cafés – Providing Professional Breastfeeding Support and Peer Social Connections

Panel Speakers include: Lucia Jenkins RN, IBCLC, RLC Baby Cafe USA Executive Director and Founder; Tawanda Logan Hurt, BSW, CLC Baby Cafe USA-Mississippi; Shonte Terhune, BS, IBCLC, CLS Baby Cafe USA- Michigan; Portia Wilson RN, IBCLC Baby Cafe USA-Louisiana

Baby Cafés are community-funded, free-of-charge breastfeeding support sites, specifically targeting under-served populations with low breastfeeding rates and access to lactation care. Speaker will present a synopsis of the program focusing on how the BCUSA organization is designed to support a national network, describe the flexibility of the model and the implementation of virtual sessions during Covid-19 restrictions. 

Identified Gap(s): Diverse areas and populations of the U.S. present with differing challenges in breastfeeding families that that are best understood and solved by engaged members of those specific communities. 

Issue of representation: Begins with empowering grass root organizations, promotion of black breastfeeding with group leaders that differs from what is available in the community, and normalizing breastfeeding. Black breastfeeding rates will continue to be lower than their counterparts until authentic representation occurs across multiple sectors. Although there has been some progression in representation, there is still suppression in other areas that impacts breastfeeding rates. 

Schedule:  10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. followed by a brief WALC General Business Meeting at 12:00 p.m.

Zoom:  Link will be sent via email reminder several days before the event. Please be sure to join the meeting at 9:45 am.



Cost:  This Webinar is free

As a result of participation in this event, the learner will be able to:

1) Describe the Baby Café model design and standards including steps improving health disparities through implementation of the Baby Café model

2) Describe the requirements and process to set up a Baby Café 

3) State the challenges faced by Covid restrictions and how BCUSA assisted communities to operate virtually 

4) Recognize how representation impacts black breastfeeding initiation and duration rates

5) Understand the impact of overt racial discrimination among community resources 

6) Discover how to provide diverse support groups that reflect the community being served

WALC welcomes new members!  Annual fee is $20.00 for membership from March through February, 2022. For information and to apply, go to, click on Membership tab.  

SAVE THE DATE: March 3 & 4, 2022, WALC Conference
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