Breastfeeding room, support groups open for business at Magnolia Project

IMG_9588The newest space at the Magnolia Project is like an oasis — step in and you’re surrounded by warm lighting, a comfortable chair, an ottoman to rest your legs.  Except for the picture of a breastfeeding mom on the wall, the nipple pads stuffed in a drawer and the manual pumps, you might think it was a regular lounge.

But this space is all about the latch.

The “Carol Brady Live, Love, Latch Room” was officially unveiled August 27. Magnolia staff held a reception and ribbon-cutting. Attendees learned about breastfeeding disparities among black women and were able to tour the new room.

Named after Magnolia’s founder, the former Coalition Executive Director and a strong breastfeeding advocate, the room provides a quiet space and supplies for moms to breastfeed or pump. The room includes supplies for the mothers as needed, such as nursing pads, storage bags, boppy pillows and a few manual pumps.

A mom breastfeeds in the new Live Love Latch Room.
A mom breastfeeds in the new Live Love Latch Room.

In addition to providing space, breastfeeding support groups are now available on site. The Coalition’s breastfeeding consultant Denise Mills holds the groups every first and third Tuesday at 2pm.

The Magnolia Project’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of women during their childbearing years by empowering communities to address medical, behavioral, and cultural and social service needs. It is a federal Healthy Start program serving preconception, interconception and prenatal women in Health Zone 1.