The coalition consists of former black breastfeeding mothers, breastfeeding advocates and breastfeeding educators who give of their time and resources in promoting and strengthening the various capacities of the IBBC coalition. The Indiana Black Breastfeeding Coalition was established January 11, 2007 by the late Terry Jo Curtis and her daughter, Paris Curtis. The Coalition is the only black organization in Indiana focusing on statewide breastfeeding in the African American Community. The IBBC membership is totally volunteer and acts as an advocate for breastfeeding in the community,
state and nationally.
The mission is to promote, empower, embrace, and encourage African-American women to breastfeed. Our vision is for all babies who possibly can to start breastfeeding within the first hour of birth.
"African American Women Breastfeeding : Changing the world one baby at a time."
The breastfeeding rates of African American women are disproportionately lower than other rates. Breastfeeding has been identified in improving the health outcomes in children such as Obesity, Diabetes, Heart disease, Social behavior, NEC, as well improving health outcomes in mothers. We meet the needs one on one just where they are in their decisions.
TERRY JO CURTIS, IBCLC
1951 - 2014
MS, RD, CD, CLS