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The Power of Mentorship

by Brandi Gates, IBCLC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP
  • Handout: No
Abstract:

In Alameda County, Black women are initiating exclusive breastfeeding, but only ~15% remain breastfeeding by 3 months. For impoverished Black women, especially those in their teen years or who may have less than high school education, these numbers are even lower (9-12%). There is minimum breastfeeding support for black families.
When Black mothers in West Oakland who received peer and professional breastfeeding support through Breast Friends, exclusive breastfeeding at 3 months rose to 63%. This project expanded the Breast Friends model to East Oakland while also training 12 new peer counselors (including 1 father), 24 new group facilitators, and enhancing breastfeeding messaging in the California Black Infant Health program. The project surpassed our expectations. 5 out of the 12 trained peer counselors are now working in other community organizations as Community health outreach worker, peer counselors, doulas and WIC staff.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Describe effective ways to engage the African American Community around breastfeeding
Objective 2: Assess the importance of providing mentorship opportunities for the next generation of lactation support
Objective 3: Discuss how to outreach and share information about breastfeeding to community partners who promote encourage breastfeeding in your County

Presentations: 28  |  Hours / CE Credits: 25.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks