Breastfeeding is food sovereignty. Breastfeeding is health equity. Breastfeeding is healing.

–This post is part of our 10-year anniversary series “Breastfeeding is…”— Breastfeeding is food sovereignty. Breastfeeding is health equity. Breastfeeding is healing. Breastfeeding is a “weapon of mass construction”, a phrase coined by Camie Jae Goldhammer, MSW, LICSW, IBCLC, (Sisseton-Wahpeton). In her Reclaiming the Tradition of Breastfeeding: the Foundation of a Nation webinar, Goldhammer describes …

Constitutional challenge to lactation consultant license moves forward

The team at Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) exemplifies resilience through tumultuous times. A bright spot shone through tragic recent events when the Georgia Supreme Court unanimously ruled in May 2020 that ROSE’s constitutional challenge to the state’s 2016 Georgia Lactation Consultant Practice Act will go forward. Our Milky Way spoke with ROSE Chief Empowerment …

Demographic Report of Current CLCs in the U.S. & Territories released

Last month, Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP) Director Ellie MacGregor, MPH, CLC and Healthy Children Project’s Lead Faculty and Lactation Consultant Cindy Turner-Maffei, MA, ALC, IBCLC had the privilege of attending Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere’s (ROSE) 2019 Summit in Atlanta, Ga.  “It was an amazing conference focused on eliminating inequities, particularly racial inequities, …

New CLC engages fathers, supports breastfeeding, heals communities

A note in the margin of Mr. Calvin Williams’, CLC notebook reads: “Can a man be a CLC?” He jotted the note down sometime last year during his interactions with Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE). For over two decades, Williams has been dedicated to improving the relationship quality and function for parents, co-parents, couples and …

Chocolate Milk: The Documentary

At risk. Unfit. Angry. These are words mainstream media often associate with Black mothers. Chocolate Milk: The Documentary counters this habitually negative narrative as award-winning director and producer Elizabeth Bayne, MPH, MFA explores the racial inequities of breastfeeding in her first feature-length film. NAPPLSC President Felisha Floyd, BS, CLC, IBCLC, RLC  screened a 30 minute …