Thu, Aug 27 | Web Video - Link to be sent to registrant

Battling Bias: Breastfeeding in the Black Community (For Everyone)

Lactation and HR leaders from the African American community will discuss the challenges they face during birth, breastfeeding, and pumping breastmilk.
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Battling Bias: Breastfeeding in the Black Community (For Everyone)

Time & Location

Aug 27, 2020, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM PDT
Web Video - Link to be sent to registrant

About the Event

Register and attend to enter to win an Ameda Mya Joy Breastpump in a $400 package of awesome breastfeeding and pumping essentials!

Join us for a panel discussion with board certified lactation consultants, Carmen Lewis & Zakiyah Williams, and Yelp Benefits Specialist, Junell Bryant on Battling Bias: Breastfeeding in the Black Community.  Carmen, Zakiyah and Junell will provide their professional and personal experiences on being black and breastfeeding, and will discuss:

  • Breastfeeding misconceptions and how to overcome them
  • Managing the economic and cultural disparities in an effort to breastfeed
  • Breastfeeding benefits specific to the black community

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Our Speakers:

Carmen Lewis, MSN, RNC-MNN, IBCLC, is a proud graduate of Prairie View A&M University.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 2006 and her Master of Science in Nursing Education in 2016. Over the course of her nursing career, she has worked with critically ill infants, school-aged children, teenage mothers, and new moms and dads. As she nursed those entrusted into her care she developed a passion for educating new families and was inspired to become an expert in the care of mothers and infants. In 2014, Carmen became certified as a Maternal Newborn Nurse and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Her  passion for helping new moms lead her to opening her own lactation consulting business, ChocolateMilc, in 2019.

Zakiyah Williams, MPH, IBCLC, is the Lactation Services Manager at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital-Stanford in Palo Alto, CA. She received her BA in psychology from Mount Saint Mary College and her Master's in Public Health, with an emphasis in maternal and child health, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Throughout her career, Zakiyah has focused on maternal and child health topics ranging from preconception and reproductive health, family planning and teen pregnancy prevention, and currently lactation. The cornerstone of her work has been rooted in advancing health equity. She currently serves as a member of the CRASH Committee for the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC).

Junell Bryant, has worked in the benefits arena for 12 years.  Her love for helping people understand the unknowns, whether it is their medical benefits, maternity leave, or lactation support in the corporate setting. This is what drives her on a daily basis. She has been the Benefits Specialist at Yelp since 2019, and has been instrumental in getting Yelp’s mothers the information and tools to support their needs. She has a 3 year old son, and is currently 8 months pregnant with a little girl.

About Healthy Horizons:

Founded in 1991 and based in Burlingame, California, Healthy Horizons is the first company to offer comprehensive workplace mother’s rooms maintenance and lactation-at-work benefits at scale across North America. Healthy Horizons sets up and maintains mother’s rooms and breast pumps, offers on-site and online classes and education, and ongoing support to empower nursing mothers at work and at home. Healthy Horizons operates two breastfeeding centers and a pump pick-up facility in the San Francisco Bay Area. Major employers currently rely on Healthy Horizons in over 100 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Learn more:

About ChocolateMilc:

Founded in 2019,  ChocolateMilc​ consultation services was conceived in love by a nurse with a passion to promote the well being of women and babies of color. Our vision is for ChocolateMilc​ to serve as a home for information and inspiration for women as we care for our babies using our God-given gifts, instincts, and resources. To learn move, visit us at:

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