Local Lactation Consultant Celebrates gWorld Breastfeeding Week by
Being Inducted into the Medela Breastfeeding Hall of Excellence
World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year around the world on August 1st -7th. Breastfeeding rates are on the rise according to the Centers for Disease Control, along with all the benefits to moms, babies and families that accompany the regular practice of lactation. This year, local Kansas City Lactation Consultant, Sherry Payne RN MSN CNE IBCLC, will have something special to celebrate during World Breastfeeding Week. Ms. Payne is a recipient of the prestigious Medela Breastfeeding Hall of Excellence Award. Only 3 recipients a year are selected in the United States. The award is accompanied by a $5,000 prize.
Ms. Payne, Executive Director of Uzazi Village, a nonprofit organization devoted to improving perinatal outcomes in the urban core, has spearheaded several initiatives to improve breastfeeding rates among low income urban mothers. Often these moms do not consider breastfeeding as an option for infant feeding. Uzazi Village runs a free breastfeeding clinic one day a week operated by volunteer lactation consultants and breastfeeding educators. The clinic also runs a mentorship program for lactation consultant candidates to promote the development of future lactation consultants from communities that have lower rates of breastfeeding. Ms. Payne was recently noticed for her work on behalf of breastfeeding advocacy and invited to Washington DC by the United States Breastfeeding Committee to discuss continuity of care with advocates from around the country.
The prize from the award will be used to fund the Charlene L. W. Burnett scholarship for a candidate of color to sit for the lactation consultant exam, held annually every July. The bulk of the prize will go to fund the 100 Breastfeeding Ambassadors Initiative to equip 100 community volunteers with free training to become breastfeeding peer counselors. Applicants will be selected on the basis of their innovative ideas to take the message of breastfeeding to communities with lower rates of initiation. Encouraging mothers to breastfeed their infants is an integral part improving infant and child health overall, decreasing childhood obesity, and other chronic illnesses. Applications for the 100 Breastfeeding Ambassadors will be open in mid-August.
For more information, please contact Mariah Chrans at Mariah@uzazivillage.com or 913-486-8568