Meet the CinnaTeam!
Every day we make a commitment to support, encourage, and lend a pair of listening ears to our community on breastfeeding.
We host support circles in nine WIC centers that have a high population of African American families.
In 2015, our vision was to increase breastfeeding rates among Black/African American women at the PHFE WIC Program. We created support circles that extended beyond our WIC services to provide encouragement and a safe space to chat about historical feeding practices, perceptions of breastfeeding, familial feeding experiences, and the health benefits of breastfeeding. We discuss interesting topics that spark conversations about maternal and postpartum health, support systems, and cultural beliefs while enjoying nutritious foods.
Due to the pandemic, we have transitioned to virtual support circles. The support circles are led by amazing facilitators, most of whom are Certified Lactation Educators and Lactation Consultants.
Special thanks to our Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and creator of the name CinnaMoms, Rhonda Clayton, CLE, for her dedication to the project.