LGBTQ+ Human Milk Feeding

Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities of Durham is a health equity advocacy group that supports all families in our area, including those who identify as LGBTQ+. We celebrate every amount of human milk whether received by breast/chest, given by bottle, or provided by another method. We believe that all families should have access to affordable human milk. It is our hope that every type of family in Durham understands the benefits of breastfeeding, and then makes educated and informed decisions that are right for them, be it as a birth parent, surrogacy, or adoption, regardless of gender. 

Mission

Our mission is to provide breastfeeding education and resources to all families in the Durham community, as well as advocate for policies that protect nursing families’ rights. We want to listen, learn, and collaborate. We want to help spread a broader net of visibility so that we all can see ourselves represented providing human milk to our babies and receiving the support that that takes. Please contact Amber Crews, chair of LGBTQ+ Human Milk Feeding with Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities of Durham(BFFC).  if you have local resources to contribute, are interested in joining this committee, or need some extra Community-specific support.

Tools, Resources, and Support

Continued Development

  • Thinking about the Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities 10 steps…
    • As advocates for LGBTQ+ Families…..
    • What are advocates wishing for LGBTQ+ Human Milk Feeding?  
    • What is Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities of Durham doing right? 
    • What are the opportunities for growth and improvement? 

Ten-Steps

  1. The community’s elected or appointed leadership has a written statement of policy supporting human milk feeding.
  2. The community provides a welcoming atmosphere for human milk feeding families.
  3. Early and Exclusive human milkfeeding for up to 6 months and continued human milk feeding for at least a year are encouraged.
  4. During pregnancy, all families in the community are informed about the benefits of human milk feeding and where to access support as needed.
  5. Health care in the community is human milk feeding-friendly.
  6. Non-health system human milk feeding support groups and services are fully available in the community.
  7. The business and social organizations in the community provide a welcoming atmosphere for human milk feeding families.
  8. Local businesses and healthcare clinics/offices follow the principles of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes.
  9. The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action/WABA Maternity Care or the The US Business Case for Breastfeeding is promulgated by the U.S. government Department of Health and Human Services and the Chamber of Commerce.
  10. Education systems are encouraged to include human milk feeding-friendly curricula at all levels.