nOURish Support Network
Grinnell College's Donald and Winifred Wilson Center for Innovation and Leadership awarded the Iowa Black Doula Collective with the 2021 SPARK Social Innovation Challenge. Grinnell Students, Abena Afari, and Taylor Powell worked with community partner, Jazzmine Brooks from the Collective to secure a grant to address Black breastfeeding disparities in Polk county and greater Iowa. The nOURish Support Network brings a community-centered space that is evidence-based, equitable, and representative of Black families' needs to increase the tradition of breastfeeding and providing human milk to Black infants. We nourish infants, children, parents, and the community.
What is nOURish?
Mission: Community-led space that supports breastfeeding and providing human milk to infants through systemic change, education, peer-to-peer support, and community outreach for Black families in Iowa.
Vision: nOURish aims to increase the tradition of breastfeeding and providing human milk to infants among Black families in Iowa.
nOURish will feature peer support groups, a web-based platform, a virtual library, special events and workshops, consultations, lactation counselors and IBCLCs, and collaborations that address systematic changes and promote community outreach.
Chocolate Milk Cafe - Des Moines Chapter
Chocolate Milk Cafe - Des Moines is part of the Iowa Black Doula Collective's nOURish, a community-led space that supports breastfeeding and providing human milk to infants through systemic change, education, peer-to-peer support, and community outreach for Black families in Iowa.
Chocolate Milk Cafe - Des Moines is a FREE peer-to-peer support group for families that identify as part of the Black/African Diaspora who is providing human milk to their young.
Who Do We Serve: We serve African-Diaspora/Black-identified Iowa residents, their partners, and support people.
To-be and current parents looking for community support with feeding, milk production, navigating challenges with breastfeeding, and assistance in finding local support are all welcome.
Due to COVID-19, we are meeting virtually.
The Chocolate Milk Cafe Iowa chapter serves ALL Black Families in Iowa.
Currently, we have the following cities supported by certified Cafe support group facilitators:
Des Moines, IA
Iowa City, IA
Cedar Rapids, IA
Registration for Upcoming Support Group Meetings
What is a Certified Chocolate Milk Cafe Facilitator?
A Certified Chocolate Milk Café Facilitator is someone who identifies as part of the African Diaspora and as an Advocate for Human Milk Consumption. Certified Chocolate Milk Café Facilitators share in the Chocolate Milk Cafe's mission to seek to restore the legacy of breastfeeding as normal and the positive long-term implications for the Black/African American Community.
A Chocolate Milk Café Facilitator is Certified as a Peer to Peer support person who is responsible for providing a safe space within their community for families who identify as part of the African Diaspora to receive support surrounding breastfeeding, chestfeeding, and the consumption of human milk.