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The Black Breastfeeding Week 2020 UK Event
Breaking Breastfeeding Barriers & Uplifting Education is hosting the 3rd UK Black Breastfeeding Week Event
Saturday 29th August 2020 you can book your ticket here.
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About Breaking Breastfeeding Barriers
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
- Breastfeeding groups, workshops and events – Originally to help Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities. From 29th August 2020, we are diversifying our mission to solely supporting the Black, African and Caribbean community and those who identify with this ethnic group, as this group is the least supported and funded group in the UK, which is why it is important that we target this community directly
This movement/intervention was launched due to Ruth deciding to take action to raise the level of awareness of the higher infant mortality rates in the Black and Asian community and to put strategies in place to reduced the numbers.
Ruth’s aim is to help more mothers to have the support and confidence to exclusively breastfeed their babies upto 6 months, and upto 2 years alongside solid foods, as evidence show this can help to significantly reduce the high numbers of infant mortality.
Ruth explains: I have been working in maternity supporting mothers with breastfeeding since 2007 in the NHS and privately, in all these years I have witnessed the lower numbers of Black and Asian mothers exclusively breastfeeding their babies beyond 6 weeks, the lack of antenatal breastfeeding education, the lack of breastfeeding support in their postnatal period, the extremely low numbers of Black and breastfeeding peer supporters, specialists, counsellors and Lactation Consultants over here in the UK. There is many barriers which contribute to this and I will do what I can to help break these barriers and uplift education.
Not only can breastfeeding lower the infant mortality rate, it can help reduce the maternal mortality rate which is highest in the black community too. Breastfeeding is the foundation to a healthier community, to a healthier world.
My first step was raising the attention to Black Breastfeeding Week over here in the UK, my next step is to help break these barriers for the Black and ethnic minorities.
What has Ruth done so far to help:
- Breastfeeding e-learning course for parents
- Breastfeeding Culture Safety – Online Course for Practitioners
- Hosted the first 2 UK Black Breastfeeding Week events, with hope others will celebrate this week all over the UK
- The Virtual Breastfeeding Cafe with Carmelle Gentle and Ruth Dennison – for expectant and new parents
Carmelle Gentle is an Independent Midwife, Infant feeding Specialist and Tongue-tie Practitioner, she has been amazing support towards this intervention since 2019 and shares a passion in supporting mothers with breastfeeding. Carmelle and Ruth work very well together and recently confirmed to join Leadership for Breaking Breastfeeding Barriers & Uplifting Education.
Black Breastfeeding Week | UK Event – 2019 | Breaking Breastfeeding Barriers & Uplifting Education.
Breastfeeding Festival, Milton Keynes 2019 – Ruth spoke about the barriers black families face.
- Event Video – Breastfeeding in the Black Community
Black Breastfeeding Week | UK Event – 2018 | Why Black Breastfeeding Week