Community Exchange 2017 – “Representation Matters”

 

We had our second annual Black Breastfeeding Event. This year’s national theme was: #betonblack

We ended up with 3 nursing moms and some of their supportive family members. Although it was a small turn out, I really enjoyed our chats and really getting to know those who attend our events.

We also had Monique from Brown Skin Green Beauty join us. She opened our eyes to the concept of using green makeup to help with healing your skin. She also made some great points about how we care for our body. We can’t wait for her to join us again!

 

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We really enjoyed giving away some fun items. We still have plans to give away any leftover items, once we are done with our last workshop. Stay tuned on our Facebook and Instagram pages for further details.

 

Workshop – Breastfeeding for Women of Color

Our last workshop seemed to just fly by. We had the pleasure of meeting Vickie Nizin; an IBCLC who works at the WIC office in East Orange, NJ. She showed us a great video of fellow breastfeeding moms of color. We also sat around chatting about our experiences and went off on a tangent about our children’s names and meanings. It felt really great to connect with other families.

Our next workshop is (tomorrow) Thursday, August 31st, Family Planning.

Breastfeeding Awareness!

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month! And leading up to Black Breastfeeding Week (last week in August), we have organized informational workshops for EVERY Thursday this month!!!

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month! And leading up to Black Breastfeeding Week (last week in August), we have organized informational workshops for EVERY Thursday this month!!!

We will also have a park meetup back at Watsessing Park (Bloomfield side) just like last year! August 26th!

We would LOVE to see you at all or at least one of these events!!

3rd – Babywearing & Skin to Skin* –
https://www.facebook.com/events/126057417912306/

Babywearing is a term used to describe carrying your child, using a piece of fabric. This practice has been utilized for centuries among many different cultures across the globe. Babywearing is also a useful aid when breastfeeding or providing skin to skin care.

led by: Takisha Miller of Families for Equity


10th – Nutrition & Kemetic YOGA* –https://www.facebook.com/events/2015348252035254/

Kemetic Yoga and the Yoga Skills Method both have origins in Ancient Egypt. By combining movement with breath, this style of yoga allows participants to tap into their internal energy creating balance and focus while promoting health. Benefits of Kemetic Yoga include stress management, self control and wellness to name a few. This session will give parents a few breathing techniques and movements to help manage stress. Techniques that are great for the entire families.

led by Jillian Faulks-Majuta


17th – Postpartum Care* –https://www.facebook.com/events/2002336743386183/

Postpartum care focuses on the care of the parent after the birth of the child. There are great benefits in focusing on the 4th trimester. The 4th Trimester is a term describing the first 3 months of your baby’s life where establishing that initial breastfeeding relationship is the most crucial. While caring for your newborn, it can become difficult to care for yourself. Join Takisha Miller as she shows you how to make some of the items found in Families for Equity’s 4th Trimester Care kit that will help you push through those first 12 weeks. These items are simple enough to do on your own or to delegate to someone on your support team. Attendees will be able to go home with plenty of samples.

led by Takisha Miller of Families for Equity


24th – Breastfeeding for Women of Color* –https://www.facebook.com/events/342389759527708/

led by Vicki Nizen of WIC in EO

 

 

 

 

 

26th – Community Exchange –https://www.facebook.com/events/244913045997168/

“Representation Matters”
A Community Exchange

This year’s National theme is: Bet on Black
https://www.facebook.com/BlackBreastfeedingWeek/

Black Breastfeeding Week is normally celebrated during the last week of Breastfeeding Awareness Month (August). Join us as we celebrate and spread the word about breastfeeding within the black community.

Meet us in Watsessing Park, just like last year! Bring your questions and support! And a picnic blanket.

We will meet in the section of the park on Bloomfield Ave & Conger St.
We will be highlighting the support networks in our community!
Feel free to contact us, if you’re interested in addressing our attendees. (familiesforequity@gmail.com)


31st – Family Planning* –https://www.facebook.com/events/1908595926081731/

This workshop will cover a variety of sexuality topics. Do you have questions about birth control? Healthy and unhealthy relationships? Talking to your kids about consent and sexuality? Periods? Healthy sexual development? We have (most of) the answers!

led by Stephanie of Masakhane

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*This event is organized by The Essex County Improving Pregnancy Outcomes Project of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, the VNA Health Group, and Families for Equity in support of celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week.

 

If you would like to RSVP to these events, you are welcome to email us at familiesforequity@gmail.com