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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. 


9:30-9:55 Attendees sign on

9:55 WALC Intro

10-10:25 Lucia Jenkins RN, IBCLC, RLC Baby Cafe USA Executive Director and Founder

10:25-10:30 Q & A

10:30-10:55 Portia Wilson RN, IBCLC Baby Cafe USA-Louisiana

10:55- 11 Q & A

11-11:25 Tawanda Logan Hurt, BSW, CLC Baby Cafe USA-Mississippi

11:25-11:30 Q & A

11:30-11:55 Shonte Terhune, BS, IBCLC, CLS Baby Cafe USA- Michigan

11:55-12 Q & A

12-12:15 Wrap up, evaluations

12:15 WALC General Meeting – All welcome to attend

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 – An International Lactation Consultant since 2009 with 16 years of Maternal Child experience located in New Orleans, La.  As the CHAMPS Greater New Orleans Community & Hospital Consultant/ Project Manager she established Louisiana’s 1st Baby Cafe in June 2016 and 2nd Nola Baby Cafe Westbank in 2017. In 2019 with help of Meshawn Tarver and partnership with The Touro Infirmary Foundation Nola baby cafe’ Touro & Nola baby cafe’ Touro-Bywater was opened.  Portia currently serves as NOLA Baby Café Facilitator & Regional Coordinator for Baby Cafe USA. Portia has worked as a Lactation Consultant at a local hospital & serves as Director of Clinical Lactation for HER Institute.  Her personal experience as a NICU mom guides her love for supporting families.  She is a proud graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette & a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.  Portia is a proud mom of two healthy breastfed boys, which she tandem nursed until the age of 3 &1/2.  She also worked closely with the Greater New Orleans Breastfeeding Awareness Coalition where she initiated a “Breastfeeding Friendly” Child Care Center program.  Her career goal is to increase the number of minority Lactation Consultant and increase breastfeeding rates by mentoring future Lactation professionals of color, decreasing breastfeeding disparities, empowering mom with love, support, and education by providing culturally relevant care. In 2018 Portia was featured in Medela’s monthly journal, became a member of the International Board of Lactation Consultants Examiner Practice Analysis Task Force, and became a member of International Lactation Consultants Association.   In September of 2019, Portia was appointed to RN Community Maternal Child Manager by Touro LCMC Health.  A position designed to establish relevant community partnerships, increase breastfeeding rates, and decrease Infant & Maternal Mortality.

Shonte’ Terhune-Smith BS, IBCLC, CLS – An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Over the past ten years, she has worked diligently in Genesee County to increase breastfeeding rates. She has worked in the hospital as a lactation intern and at various pediatric and obstetrician clinics, promoting and educating women about breastfeeding. She facilitates local support groups, works with community partners, provides postpartum doula services, and recently completed training to be a childbirth educator. Shonte’ has worked with hundreds of families through education, support, and empowerment. She prides herself in caring, professional, efficient, and trustworthy care. Normalizing breastfeeding is her passion. Her goal is to provide culturally competent care for all families. Shonte’ has breastfed her four children and understands that there can be struggles of breastfeeding, the importance of support, and how rewarding it is to overcome the struggles.

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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