National Association of Professional 
and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color




NAPPLSC is proud to announce our webinar debut! NAPPLSC members will have access to webinars throughout the year. The theme for our kick-off season is entitled “Lead by Example”, inspired by the Michelle Obama’s quote from her final public address as First Lady of the United States. She said:

Be focused. Be determined. Be Hopeful. Be empowered… Lead by example with hope.”

Our webinar series will:

Be focused. Webinars will focus on topics and subjects that center Communities of Color. We will focus on clinical lactation skills as well as diversity and inclusivity. 

Be determined.  We truly believe that breastfeeding is essential in addressing the poor health outcomes and disparities that plague communities of color. Webinars will promote social justice and racial equity in the field of lactation. 

Be hopeful.  Webinars will highlight champions, and promising programs and practices that have positive impacts in the field of lactation, and on racial equity. 

Be empowered.  All webinars will feature speakers of color. All too often people of color are asked to speak on diversity, but rarely are we asked to present on clinical lactation. Lactation supporters of color make up some of the most skilled, compassionate and experienced colleagues in the field. It is time we honor and provide a national platform to share their knowledge, skills and expertise with our communities.

Lead by example with hope. It is our hope that this webinar series will inspire other lactation support organizations to look inward and see that decentering whiteness is an essential step in creating equity. 

Join us!

“The Lead by Example” Webinar Series will consist of 12-16 webinars providing 16 CERPs for 2017.  Webinars are free for all members. If you are not a member we encourage you to join today otherwise webinars for non-members cost $20/each. 

If you are interested in being a volunteer presenter, use the following link to complete the interest form:

Upcoming events

    • 30 May 2017
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Breastfeeding & Diabetes
    Presented by: Tamentanefer L Camara MS-HCA, IBCLC

    Background: Breastfeeding and lactation is positively associated with decreasing the risk of type 2 diabetes after gestational diabetes mellitus in pregnancy.  According to the CDC, type 2 diabetes disproportionately affects people of color including, African American, American Indian, Hispanic, Latino and Asian Pacific Islander. This population also has lower breastfeeding rates than their white counterparts. Studies have shown that breastfeeding is both beneficial to the diabetic mother and her infant. Breastfeeding may help lower fasting and postprandial blood glucose and improve insulin response in the first 4 months postpartum. Breastfeeding may also prevent diabetes in the child later in life. While breastfeeding may be beneficial to mothers with gestational diabetes, they are also at heightened risk for breastfeeding failure. Babies born to mothers with GDM are more likely to experience hypoglycemia, be separated from their mother and begin supplemental formula feedings.  Early lactation intervention, education, close follow up and support may help increase the initiation and duration rates among mothers with gestational diabetes. 

    Goal: To use evidence based methods to support breastfeeding in populations with low breastfeeding rates and high rates of Gestational and Type 2 diabetes in pregnancy. This presentation examines the effectiveness of early intervention and ongoing lactation support for diabetic women and their infants. 

    Conclusion:  Early lactation intervention and support are correlated with breastfeeding initiation and duration. While best practices for breastfeeding and lactation education should be provided to all pregnant and post partum women, special care and consideration for increased lactation support should be given to diabetic mothers. The benefits of breastfeeding to the gestational diabetic mother/baby dyad and the potential for progression to type 2 diabetes in absence of breastfeeding necessitate this action.

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