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Virtual Mommy Meet-Ups

Breastfeeding is not always easy, but experts agree that breastfeeding provides the best nutrition to your baby. Chocolate Milk Mommies is here to support your breastfeeding journey by offering convenient access to virtual breastfeeding support groups. Our Virtual Mommy Meetups are bi-weekly breastfeeding support groups that can be accessed via your computer, smartphone, or tablet. These groups provide 30 minutes of education by certified lactation counselors and 30 minutes of peer support from other breastfeeding mothers. These groups assist breastfeeding moms of color in the convenience of their own home. To participate in our Virtual Mommy Meetups, please join our private Facebook Group. There you will find the specific days these sessions will be offered and be able to access the Zoom Meeting Link.

 

Virtual Breastfeeding Assessment

Sometimes, mothers experiencing difficulties breastfeeding just need a little extra support from certified personnel to reach their breastfeeding goals. A Chocolate Milk Mommies virtual breastfeeding assessment is a convenient way for breastfeeding mothers of color to receive the support and encouragement they need. A virtual breastfeeding assessment is a one-on-one, face-to-face appointment via your computer, smartphone, or tablet with a certified lactation counselor. The certified lactation counselor can observe you and your baby to help you learn the right techniques. During an assessment, if there are problems, you will be able to learn new positions. If problems persist, the certified lactation counselor can help you solve them or refer you to a specialist to assist you. To schedule a virtual breastfeeding assessment, please go to Chocolate Milk Mommies Facebook Page and send a private message. Someone will be in touch with you to schedule a time that is convenient for you.

Teen Outreach Program

CMM Teen Outreach Program (TOP) is a teenage mother support group in Jefferson County. This program provides support, education, and resources to young mothers, ages 14-19 at locations convenient for teen mothers including schools and recreation centers. Classes are conducted by a Certified Lactation Counselor using Life’s Best Beginnings evidence-based curriculum and include assessments and baby weigh-ins. The program also provides paid, chaperoned outings for teen mothers and their children to museums, zoos, movies, parks, and other play dates. The program is incentive-based meaning that each time a teen mother attends a session they will receive a gift card, baby gift, breastfeeding gift, and other incentives. One large incentive for each teen mother includes the “Prom Package.” This includes a gift card for a prom dress and free babysitting on prom night. 

Application can be completed at: https://forms.gle/5m4Rdn3iFjGHyVZQ6

Funders: CHIA, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. 

 

Parent Outreach Program

CMM Parent Outreach Program (POP) is a new program that will enhance CMM services by providing peer-led home visiting to ten mothers in Jefferson County. This program is for mothers with children 0-18 months. In order to qualify for the program, a mother must be at least 18 years old and reside in a low-income household. This program uses trained peer outreach specialists to provide monthly home-visits that support breastfeeding, baby safety, and involve planned activities based on the family’s needs. The program is incentive-based meaning that each time a mother attends a session they will receive a gift card, baby gift, breastfeeding gift, and other incentives.

Application can be completed at:  https://forms.gle/VWKd36iDqTR8dFUc7

Funders: CHIA

Breast Pump Rental Program

CMM “Pump It Up” Breast Pump Rental Program is a new program that will provide quality, hospital-grade breast pumps rentals to mothers who are unable to access them through insurance or other resources. In order to qualify for this program, a mother must be a recipient of Medicaid or WIC or otherwise unable to access a breast pump through private insurance. The rental period is eight weeks. During this time, CMM will work with the mother to access a breast pump through WIC after 6 weeks of exclusively breastfeeding and provide breastfeeding education, support, and resources through Mommy Meetups. For mothers who do not qualify for WIC, CMM will work with each mother to obtain a breast pump through other resources.

Application can be completed at: https://forms.gle/977StX7FsTPk78Rr6

Funders: CHIA, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, The Caring Foundation of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama