“I was asked if I wouldn’t mind doing a 90 Day Challenge.
The Challenge was to have a breastfeeding drop-in at our Mattapan Hugs & Playgroup.
At the time, we were just getting started and we didn’t have a lot of participants.
Jenny Weaver, RN, IBCLC and Berthilde Sylvester wanted to help build it up by incorporating breastfeeding moms. They came in January - which was challenging because it was winter.
And for three months we did outreach. But we weren’t really successful. I was really wondering if this was a good idea to have a breastfeeding group at our play group.
At the time, we were really focusing on engaging parents with their children, playing with their children and reading to their children.
Fortunately, Jenny and Berthilde decided that they would stay. So we decided to focus on moms that had just delivered from Boston Medical Center.
Berthilde went through the list of families who just had babies and invited them to the play group. After a while it really started to grow.
So we incorporated the breastfeeding with the playgroup. We had reading, circle time and story time all in one and it really has been an important piece for the playgroup.
It’s a place where moms and families can come and talk to a lactation consultant about challenges that they may be having.
They also learn about all the other services we provide.
So the breastfeeding group really has enriched the Mattapan’s Hugs and Play group - and I’m so grateful for it.
It’s the only support group in Mattapan for families. I feel very honored and blessed that I am able to be a part of this journey.”
Vickey Siggers is a Peer counselor.
She also works with the Mattapan Family Engagement Network, Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition, Mattapan Farmers Market and is a Mattapan Resident
We are so grateful she took the time to talk to us about her involvement with the Boston Breastfeeding Coalition.
If you are interested in joining the Mattapan Breastfeeding Drop In Group, check out the information below.
1350 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan
10:30am - 12:30pm
Jenny Weaver RN, IBCLC
Haitian Creole & French speaking
If you are not local to Mattapan, check out the calendar for a drop-in group near you.
About the author:
Dominique is a Boston resident, breastfeeding supporter and blogger behind DommiesBlessed.
Daily Milk hosts articles, posts and ideas from various members of our breastfeeding coalition!