ROSE Atlanta drop-in clinic provides breast-feeding support

3/17/2017, 6 a.m.

Mothers, moms-to-be and families with questions about breast-feeding can get answers at ROSE Atlanta’s free drop-in support clinic, Baby Cafe, on the Greenforest Community Baptist Church campus.

The nonprofit member network Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere Inc., which is located in Building 3, is offering the cafe on Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. with a breast-feeding professional available to talk and assess clients’ needs.

Breast-feeding 101 classes on March 18, April 22 and May 20 from 10 to 11 a.m. are designed for expectant moms or residents who are thinking about planning their family, and they provide information on the importance of breast-feeding and how to breastfeed a newborn. RSVP at www.breastfeedingrose.org/bfclass.

ROSE was established in 2011 in DeKalb County to address breast-feeding disparities. Its goals are to decrease health disparities and increase health equity among people of color communities through culturally competent training, education, advocacy and support. ROSE provides outreach, education and technical assistance to prenatal care providers and delivery centers to encourage them to adopt practices that support breast-feeding.

It says 80 percent of all U.S. women start breast-feeding, but of those moms, 60 percent do not reach their own goals. To improve the rates, Baby Cafes offer support on all aspects of breast-feeding and its impact on daily life from prenatal to weaning as well as assistance with pumping and maintaining supply if moms return to work outside the home.

ROSE has received a three-year, $1,100,500 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for a national breast-feeding blueprint for diversity and inclusion.

The ROSE office is at the church, 3250 Rainbow Drive in Decatur. For more information, visit www.breastfeedingrose.org or call 404-990-3497, Ext. 104.