Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association Receives a $450,000 Grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports the programmatic efforts of Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA) with a $450,000, 3-year general operating support grant. BMBFA’s mission is to reduce racial inequities in breastfeeding support for African Americans. BMBFA’s programs address reductions in racial and health disparities specific to infant mortality, preterm birth and breastfeeding support.

Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association's community-based doula.

Many health benefits for vulnerable women, infants and communities will result from the services that BMBFA provides to the community.

Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA) has received a $450,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The funds will be used to support the overall mission of BMBFA to reduce racial inequities in breastfeeding support for African Americans. The 3-year funding period is May 2016 through April 2019.

“We are grateful for the support of the Kellogg Foundation, who values our ability to improve conditions for Detroit babies by increasing families’ access to peer support and improving systems to ensure that babies are breastfed,” states Kiddada Green, founding executive director of BMBFA. The grant will help to build organizational capacity and maintain programs like the Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Club (BMBFC). BMBFC is BMBFA’s signature work and has reached hundreds of families since its inception.

Furthermore, BMBFA will expand upon its efforts to reach healthcare professionals. BMBFA uses its expertise to provide web-based and in-person workshops on the most current practices, studies and models in health that address the specific socio-cultural needs of breastfeeding support for African American families. “We are thrilled that the W.K. Kellogg Foundation continues to recognize our work, as we continue to change the health landscape for Detroit families,” says Anjanette Davenport Hatter, president of BMBFA’s Board of Directors.

“We’re proud to support BMBFA’s important work,” shares Ali Webb, director of Michigan programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “We know that a mother's breast milk is the optimal first food to give children the best start to good health. Increasing support for breastfeeding will help ensure that families and their children are healthy and thriving.” While building on BMBFA’s current programmatic work, continued efforts will be focused on building the capacity needed for long-term organizational sustainability. Many health benefits for vulnerable women, infants and communities will result from the services that BMBFA provides to the community.

Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA) is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization founded in 2007. BMBFA’s mission is to reduce racial inequities in breastfeeding support for African Americans by building foundational networks of support, and strengthening systems to overcome historical, societal and social barriers to breastfeeding success. BMBFA's programs include Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Club, community-based doula services and community-based breastfeeding peer counselor services. For more information, visit http://www.bmbfa.org.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. The Kellogg Foundation works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes, placing special emphasis to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. For more information, visit http://www.wkkf.org.

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