Café au Lait, a free breastfeeding support group in New Orleans, recently expanded to include additional communities throughout the state: Opelousas, Shreveport and Bossier City. Its mission is to improve breastfeeding outcomes through a culturally appropriate space for parents to gather and provide peer support.
To help build statewide continuity among breastfeeding clubs for women of color, three grassroots community breastfeeding clubs will be joining the New Orleans network; these include The Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Club of Shreveport and Bossier and the Community Birth Companion club in Opelousas. Café au Lait co-founders, Latona Giwa, RN, IBCLC and Nikki Greenaway, FNP, IBCLC coordinate and provide community-level breastfeeding and other perinatal support services.
Café au Lait is partially funded by the Office of Public Health – Bureau of Family Health, which partners with local experts, advocates and maternal and child practitioners to maximize engagement of communities impacted by racial health disparities. Helping local organizations build capacity to better serve families is vital for improving the health of communities. Latona also serves on a BFH Community Outreach subcommittee to help build stronger connections with the community and identify strategies to address racial inequities in maternal child health. This new partnership will provide further opportunities to gather feedback from community voices to better inform BFH program activities.”
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