Commemorating Black Breastfeeding Week
The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey commemorated Black Breastfeeding Week, August 25 – 31, with screenings of “Chocolate Milk: The Documentary” in Paterson and Jersey City. Filmmaker Elizabeth Bayne seeks to answer the longstanding question of why more African-American women are not breastfeeding through the narratives of three women: a new mother, a midwife, and a WIC lactation educator.
To decrease racial disparities in breastfeeding, the Partnership is focusing on breastfeeding education and for the women of Paterson and Jersey City. The Perinatal Health Equity Foundation co-presented the Paterson screening at the Fabian 8 Cinema, while New Jersey City University generously hosted the Jersey City event. Birth workers, new moms, moms-to-be, and community members joined the Partnership for these informative screenings.
Following the screening, each event featured a lively discussion of breastfeeding and the racial divide. In Paterson, Nastassia K. Davis, a registered nurse, international board certified lactation consultant and owner of Latch Breastfeeding and Lactation Services, shared why such divides exist in breastfeeding support for African-American women. In Jersey City, Partnership staff Marie Kinsella, Director of Community Programs, and Melanie Hutton, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, engaged the crowd in a thoughtful conversation about the film and barriers to care.
We are grateful to Elizabeth Bayne, our community partners, and to everyone who attended for their outstanding support. Congratulations to the staff at the Partnership’s Paterson office who led this fantastic effort.
Learn more about Chocolate Milk: The Documentary.