Breaking Breastfeeding Barriers is the first non-profit Black African & Caribbean breastfeeding organisation in the UK
To target & provide the Black, African and Caribbean community and those who identify with this ethnic group with the support to alleviate the high infant mortality rates in their community
BBBUK was launched to help fund:
- Free antenatal breastfeeding education for parents
- Subsidised postnatal breastfeeding support for parents
- Subsidised training for those who would like to support mothers with breastfeeding using accurate evidence-based information
- Organise & support breastfeeding groups, workshops and events
- To raise the numbers of UK Black African and Caribbean mothers exclusively breastfeeding their babies beyond 6 weeks
- To make antenatal breastfeeding education and postnatal support more accessible
- To raise the extremely low numbers of Black breastfeeding peer supporters, specialists, counsellors and Lactation Consultants over here in the UK.
- All mothers regardless of their ethnicity have the same education and support in breastfeeding their babies beyond 6 weeks
- Breastfeeding education and postnatal breastfeeding support become part of general antenatal health care
- Black breastfeeding peer supporters, specialists, counsellors and lactation consultants equate to the UK Black African and Caribbean population in the UK.
BBBUK was launched August 2019 by Ruth Dennison.
Our aim is to help more mothers to have the support and confidence to exclusively breastfeed their babies up to 6 months, and up to 2 years and beyond alongside solid foods, as evidence shows this can help to significantly reduce the high numbers of infant mortality rates which is highest in the Black, African and Caribbean UK Community.
Breastfeeding is the foundation of a healthier community, to a healthier world.
How We Got Started
There are many barriers that contribute to the current factors and Ruth is determined to break these barriers and uplift education.
Not only can breastfeeding lower the infant mortality rate, but it can also help reduce the maternal mortality rate which is highest in the black community.
Ruths first step was raising the attention to Black Breastfeeding Week over here in the UK, her next step is to help break these barriers for the Black community.
Where We Are Now
- The Virtual Breastfeeding Cafe with Carmelle Gentle and Ruth Dennison – for expectant and new parents.
Ruth and Carmelle hosted their first fundraiser event together for Black Breastfeeding Week 2020 on 29th August 2020, and are now continuing to build up the resources and services to help their mission to break breastfeeding barriers.
Building Awareness Since 2019
We’ve Raised over £5822.37 to Help Breaking Breastfeeding Barriers
Get in Touch. Get Involved.
If you would like to sign up for one of our courses, require more information or would like to get involved in breaking the barriers to breastfeeding