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The mission of the Pittsburgh Black Breastfeeding Circle ( PBBC), is to protect, promote and support breastfeeding as the cultural norm and optimal feeding method for mothers and babies of African Descent in Pittsburgh and surrounding areas. Our mission also includes providing culturally relevant breastfeeding, parenting, and nutrition education and information in a supportive group environment. The PBBC facilitates community learning with maternal child health and lactation specialists and experts; in addition to the development of peer leadership.
We currently meet bi-weekly at The Midwife Center 2831 Penn Ave , Pittsburgh PA 15222. Our Wed. eve meetings for 2017 from June-December are from 5:30-7:30 pm and they are as follows: 7/8, 8/30 ( Our Black Breastfeeding Week Celebration Meeting), 9/27, 10/11, 11/29. Our one Thursday meeting is 11/9. Our Sat. meetings for 2017 are from 2:30-4:30 pm and they are as follows: 7/26, 8/12, 9/9, 10/28 and 12/16. Food and childcare are provided. Please Contact us at 412 -638-1580 as meeting dates are subject to change.
Black Breastfeeding Week is the last week in August. This year's theme is Bet On Black. We are having a community celebration at the Homewood Carnegie Library at 7101 Hamilton Ave. Pgh. Pa. 15208 on Wed. 8/30 from 5:30-7:30 pm. We will discuss why breast milk matters, the importance of self care and community support and more! We will have good food and good discussion. Looking forward to seeing you there! Breast milk saves lives!
In our meetings we discuss the basics of breastfeeding including: how to get breastfeeding off to a good start in the hospital and birth center, the importance of skin to skin, the wonders of colostrum, how to bring in a strong milk supply, infant massage, teething, nutrition, returning to work, breastfeeding in public, how to eat healthy on a budget and many more topics..........
Our national experts from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) agree that maternal child health is the foundation of public health. Our leaders in the PBBC desire to expand their knowledge in public health; as a result, 8 PBBC members have joined forces with local and national breastfeeding organizations such as The Western Pennsylvania Lactation Consultant Association and ROSE, to receive additional education on breastfeeding medicine and to promote health for families. Healthy Families make healthy communities, healthy communities make a healthy society.