Camie Goldhammer, the countrys leading Native American
expert on breastfeeding, will be speaking in Wisconsin as part of
Great Lakes Intertribal Councils Breastfeeding: The
Traditional Way Program, sponsored by W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
The goal of the program is to improve breastfeeding duration rates
for tribal communities in Wisconsin by normalizing breastfeeding
as the traditional and natural way to nourish and nurture our young.
Two speaking events will take place in Wisconsin. On Thursday,
June 15 from noon to 3 PM, Camie will speak at Ho-Chunk Gaming,
Wisconsin Dells. She will provide a special event for professionals
from 10-noon on June 16 at the Lake of the Torches Casino. This
will be followed by an event that is open to any interested community
members, from 1-3 PM. All events are free of charge.
Camie will address The Cultural Aspects of Breastfeeding.
Some topics will include:
- Sacred Teachings: Understanding Self Care in Tribal Communities
- Reforming Breastfeeding Education to Serve the Needs of American
- Breastfeeding as Food Sovereignty
- Supporting Vulnerable Mothers
- Breastfeeding Friendly Communities
- Family Support and Self Care through Sacred Teachings
Camie is a social worker and Internationally Board Certified
Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) from the Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribe in
the State of South Dakota. She founded the Native Breastfeeding
Coalition of Washington, is an active member in both the Native
America Womens Dialogue on Infant Mortality and the Equal
Start Community Coalition. Camies expertise is in historical
and complex traumas and their impact on attachment, bonding and
parenting practices among American Indian and Alaska Native families.
Her experience includes nursing both of her daughters and donating
over 7000 ounces of breastmilk over the last 5 years to milk banks
serving infants and families in need.
The following sponsors contributed to the funding for this program:
Forest County Potawatomi Foundation, Northwoods Breastfeeding Coalition,
Lake of the Torches Casino, and Ho-Chunk Nation Gaming-Wisconsin
For information, please contact Jennifer Ledferd at 715-588-1091