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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 Birth Circle Offices at 211 North Whitfield Street Suite 375 , Pittsburgh PA 15206. Our Wed. eve meetings for 2017 Jan-June are from 5:30-7:30 pm and they are as follows: 1/18, 2/22, 3/22, 4/19, 5/31 and 6/21. Our Sat. meetings for 2017 are from 2:30-4:30 pm and they are as follows: 1/7, 2/4, 3/11, 4/8, 5/06, and 6/10. Food and childcare are provided. Please Contact us at 412 -638-1580 as meeting dates are subject to change
Black Breastfeeding Week was the last week in August. We had a community celebration at the Homewood Carnegie Library at 7101 Hamilton Ave. Pgh. Pa. 15208 on Sat. 8/27 from 11-5 pm. We heard from national and local speakers at this annual event. We heard why human milk matters especially for African American babies who die at 2-4x the rate of white babies. Breast milk saves lives! Thank you for those who joined us at this community celebration and call to action. We are looking forward to our 2017 Celebration.
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.