Written by Deborah Brownstone
As Director of the UCLA/RFK Mentor Mother Project, I was pleased to attend the “First Food Forum: Growing a Movement So All Children Thrive,” a Kellogg Foundation Grantee event held in Atlanta, Georgia from February 27th through March 1st. The meeting was dedicated to promoting and supporting breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding advocates and researchers from all over the country gathered to hear from experts in the field, including Surgeon General Regina Benjamin about best practices, culturally competent models, and how we can advance the first food movement to improve the lives of vulnerable children and address inequities. I learned key information and strategies from the speakers and enjoyed the opportunity to network and discuss with other conference attendees about how we can work together to advance the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to support breastfeeding.
One excellent workshop introduced programs that engage fathers to support women to breastfeed. I met amazing, dedicated people and gained knowledge that I plan on using to make our Mentor Mother Project more successful. I am looking forward to staying in contact with people I met and collaborating to further the national dialogue and movement to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration.