Black Breastfeeding Week RVA 2018

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#RVAbreastfeeds is pleased to announce the first ever Black Breastfeeding Week RVA, a social media campaign celebrating breastfeeding within the African-American community. The local campaign occurs in conjunction with National Black Breastfeeding Week, which takes place across the United States August 25 - 31. Black Breastfeeding Week RVA is sponsored by #RVAbreastfeeds, a local coalition that seeks to reduce childhood obesity through policy, infrastructure, and environmental changes that promote a breastfeeding-friendly community. 

The Black Breastfeeding Week RVA Celebratory Kickoff will take place at 16thAnnual Happily Natural Day, a celebration of black consciousness that promotes cultural awareness, holistic health and social change throughout the Black Diaspora. Festival attendees can expect music, culinary workshops, demonstrations, vendors, urban agriculture and more.

The social media component of Black Breastfeeding Week RVA will highlight the challenges and triumphs of breastfeeding while black. "Black Breastfeeding Week is so integral and essential because, even today, black women do not breastfeed at the same rate as their whites counterparts. Mothers lack the education, advocacy and support that they need in order to be successful at nursing. I hope that we can change this statistic one city at a time," says Tasha Dixon, member of the Black Breastfeeding Week RVA planning team. 

Black Breastfeeding Week RVA Celebratory Kickoff
at Happily Natural Day

Saturday August 25
12 noon - 8 pm

Fifth District Mini Farm
2208 Bainbridge St
Richmond, VA 23225

Blessing of New Families - 6:30 pm
Latch-On and Photo Shoot - 6:45 pm

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August 25 - 31

Saturday August 25
Black Breastfeeding Week RVA Celebratory Kickoff
Facebook Live: Blessing of New Families • 6:30 pm
with Janine Bell of Elegba Folklore Society

Sunday August 26

Monday August 27

Tuesday August 28

Wednesday August 29
Facebook Live: Ask the Lactation Counselors • 6 pm
with Shakeya Lewis and Kaylani Christine Morrison

Thursday, August 30
Throwback Thursday #breastfeedingTBT

Friday August 31
Friends and Family Friday
Facebook Live: Fatherhood Roundtable • 6 pm
with Vincent Ellis White, Ram Bhagat, Rashad Lewis, and Ryan Gilbreath

Information about the Happily Natural Festival can be found at and on Facebook at @happilynaturalfestival. 

The Black Breastfeeding Week RVA planning team members include Tasha Dixon, Nikiya Ellis, Courtney Glenn, Shakeya Lewis, Rashad Lewis, Leslie Lytle, Kaylani Christine Morrison, and NyTasha Stevens, with additional support provided by #RVAbreastfeeds coalition members.