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We envision building a network of BIPOC lactation professionals throughout the state of Connecticut to assist families in underserved communities. Our goal is to increase awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding for all involved and facilitate long lasting change in how maternity care is provided.

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Our mission is twofold. We aim to eliminate racial and financial barriers to increase the diversity in the lactation field through financial and educational support. We are also focused on providing BIPOC families with culturally relevant lactation care to decrease the mortality rates among Black and Brown infants.

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Meet the Founder

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Danielle Freeman, LPN, IBCLC

Danielle Freeman is a Licensed Practical Nurse, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, the owner Milkin’ Melanin Lactation Services LLC and the founder of Paving The Way: Diversity In Lactation, Inc also known as PTW.

Upon entering the lactation field, she learned about the lack of diversity in the lactation workforce and the breastfeeding disparities plaguing Black and Brown women because of lack of education and support. This was motivation enough for her to create the change she wanted to see.

She is dedicated to both the families and participants she serves. By helping other birth and lactation professionals of color become IBCLCs, families can have access to culturally relevant care to assist them in achieving their feeding goals.

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