Black Breastfeeding Week was launched eight years ago by three trailblazers in the field of maternal health: Kimberly Seals AllersKiddada Green, and Anayah Sangodele-Ayoka. This week grew out of a need to highlight the unique cultural barriers Black lactating people face and to bring awareness to the disparities in breastfeeding rates and lack of lactation support in the Black community.

Open Arms Perinatal Services has teamed up with Journey Midwife Services to offer no cost culturally relevant lactation support and resources through our weekly African American/ Black Virtual Lactation Lounges.

Black parents and caregivers can drop in during any stage of their lactating journey to ask questions and discuss challenges surrounding feeding. From pregnancy to introducing food, and the entire weaning process, our team is here to support YOU in a safe and encouraging environment.

Starting Saturday September 12th, 2020

Lounges will be held on ZOOM from 10am-12pm

For more information or to attend our Black Virtual Lactation Lounge please reach out to us via Facebook or email lactation@openarmps.org.

Meet our Team

Shevonne Tsegaye

Shevonne is a lactation professional and full circle doula with over two decades of community and personal experience. A mama to three young adults, she’s learned not only through multiple trainings, but also through her personal experiences as she nursed through tongue ties, persistent thrush, severe food allergies, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, the toddler and preschool years, and sensory processing disorders. These are just a handful of the many experiences that allow her to provide outstanding, compassionate, trauma-informed support to families throughout their baby-feeding journeys.

Binta Niang, MSM

Binta is a Muso Danbe and soon to be licensed midwife with Journey Midwife Services. She holds over 5 years of experience working in the perinatal period and obtained her Masters of Midwifery from Bastyr University. Raised in Mali, West Africa, she speaks fluent French, Bambara and English. She is a mother of a bright 2 year old who she proudly nursed.

Makeda Robinson

Makeda is a mother of 7 children, all who were nursed. She is a health educator, herbal alchemist, and small business owner. She believes the power of nature heals and sustains our community’s mind, body and spirit. She leads Supportive Pregnancy Groups at Journey Midwife Services.

Journey Midwife Services provides safe, evidence-informed, and client-centered pregnancy services.  They offer comprehensive pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care to healthy, low-risk individuals, many of whom desire a home or birth center experience. Their practice is committed to reaching diverse communities, specifically people of color, teens, and the LGBTQIA community. For more information please visit their website.

Open Arms Perinatal Services offers perinatal and early parenting support services to meet the unique needs of each family through highly qualified, culturally versatile doulas and lactation support counselors.  For more information please visit our website.