It’s Black History Month, Let’s ‘Cell’ebrate

BIOMILQ is all about ‘cell’ebrating bad-ass women, especially those who embody our values: bravery, conscientiousness, resilience, determination, and authenticity. This Black History Month, we’re expressing our appreciation for black women whose contributions to biotech, agtech, women’s health, and breastfeeding must be ‘cell’ebrated (we’re big on puns at BIOMILQ).

Black maternal health matters

Credit: Eric Connolly, U.S. House Office of Photography

Because Underwood, Adams, and Booker are advocating for a holistic approach to healthcare, this bill will make critical investments in social determinants of health, fund community-based organizations, study the unique maternal health risks of pregnant and postpartum veterans, improve maternal health care for incarcerated moms, promote innovative payment models, invest in telehealth, and promote equity. We’re thrilled to see much-needed attention and resources drawn to addressing the health disparities that black women continue to face.

Credit: Lacks Family, via The Henrietta Lacks Foundation

Informed decision-making matters

Henrietta’s story is one that acts as a cautionary tale within the scientific community, encouraging researchers to be more mindful of the ethical implications of their work and to be diligent with informed decision-making. Henrietta’s story also fuels BIOMILQ’s vision of the future of feeding: a world with more infant feeding options so that parents feel empowered to make informed decisions about what’s right for their family. As a part of next month’s team book club, we will watch “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” (2017), starring Oprah Winfrey, to expand our appreciation for Henrietta’s life.

Image courtesy of Milky Mama

Representation in lactation matters

Image courtesy of Milky Mama

Last August, Duhaney started the Milky Mama Scholarship Fund in hopes of “increasing diversity and representation in the lactation field by increasing the number of Black IBCLCs,” as noted on Milky Mama’s website. We love how this fund is increasing representation by covering the costs of certification courses and exams. By making lactation education more accessible, Duhaney and her team are increasing access to the lactation support every new breastfeeder needs.

Inclusivity matters

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