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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


Lucia Jenkins, RN, IBCLC, RLC – Lucia Jenkins has been a practicing IBCLC for 25 years, prior to which she practiced for 5 years as a home-birth midwife. She is the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Baby Cafe USA (BCUSA), and lectures about Baby Cafes and various lactation topics.  She is the facilitator of 2 Boston area Baby Cafes, a staff IBCLC at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, and has a private consulting practice.  Lucia has served as a board member of Massachusetts Lactation Consultant Association (MLCA), and of the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition (MBC), and is a current USBC voting member.  She assisted in the development of The Massachusetts Baby-Friendly Collaborative and the Massachusetts DPH Baby-Friendly Toolkit and Breastfeeding Curriculum.

Tawanda Logan-Hurt, BSW, CLC – A native of Greenwood, Mississippi, she has worked in the Mississippi Delta as a Northern Region Breastfeeding Coordinator at the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) since June, 2005.  She is the CHEER/CHAMPS Mississippi Delta Community and Hospitals Consultant since October, 2014.  She established and facilitates, along with her staff, the Delta Baby Cafe which is the 1st Baby Cafe in Mississippi that opened in April 2016.  She is also the Mississippi Baby Cafe State Coordinator.  She assisted in establishing the Delta Breastfeeding Coalition in January 2018 in partnership with The Delta Health Alliance program manager.  She is an active church member, wife, biological mother of six children, five of which were breastfed, three additional children from her current husband and Nana to two grandbabies.

Portia Williams, RN, BSN, IBCLC, RLC – Dedicated healthcare professional with over 15 years of experience, specializing in Maternal-Child Nursing. Recognized regionally as a Subject Matter Expert in the areas of maternal and child health, breastfeeding and lactation. Passionate about educating the community about healthcare, especially breastfeeding and preventative care, and committed to making a difference in the lives of families.

Shonte’ Terhune-Smith BS, IBCLC, CLS – Health Educator with 5 years experience of working independently as a team member to develop and implement programs as Health Educator-Lactation in Genesee County Health Department in Flint Michigan. Skilled in developing skilled relationships with organizations and families in the greater Flint community.

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.  

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