Breastfeeding Peer Update

Registration Fee

Includes Continental breakfast, lunch and
training materials


Training: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Check-In and Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Lunch: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Light refreshments and lunch are included.

Past Dates & Locations

September 27, 2018
Doubletree Bay City
1 Wenonah Park Pl
Bay City, MI 48708
(989) 891-6000

Session Information

General Sessions
Cultural Humility and Lactation Support
During this session we will provide an opportunity for participants to identify components of cultural humility and care. Discuss approaches to supporting families, particularly in underserved communities. We will discuss the importance of including communities being served when developing approaches or programs. Be able to determine current barriers to providing cultural humility care within your own practice or organization. This session will provide participants with an in-depth look at equity in breastfeeding support and how cultural humility can help to begin building bridges, trust, connect and heal.

World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi)
Given the current barriers and inequities in breastfeeding outcomes across the US, it’s imperative that we look at how current policies, systems and structures are protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding in the US. You will be able list 2-3 components of WBTi Assessment Tool. We will discuss the impact of the WBTi tool. Identify how the WBTi was used to assess the states across the US and locate US breastfeeding report. Recommendations for using this tool as an advocacy and collective action.

Brenda Reyes
Brenda Reyes is a bilingual registered nurse and certified lactation counselor. As the program manager for HealthConnect One (HC One), she has over 15 years of experience working with diverse organizations to create and implement peer support programs for new moms and families. Her work engages communities every step of the way. In 2011 – 2012, Brenda worked on Communities Putting Prevention to Work and on Chicago’s Healthy Places initiative, and formed part of the team which developed the Hospital Breastfeeding Toolkit for Illinois’ State Perinatal Breastfeeding Quality Improvement Project. Currently, she serves as HC One’s representative to the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC). She is also an elected board member of USBC and the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Support Providers of Color. She participates in the Center for Social Inclusion’s National First Food Racial Equity Cohort; served as a work group member of the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) for the United States; and she is an Expert Panel Member for Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). She is a frequent speaker on breastfeeding, maternal and child health, health equity, and supporting Latino families. Brenda is a reproductive justice & racial equity advocate and mother of 3 breastfed children.
All participants registering in advance will receive a confirmation letter, including a map and directions. If you do not receive a confirmation letter one week prior to the event, or if you have any questions regarding registration, please contact MPHI at (517) 324-8330.
Cancellations and no-shows for any reason, including inclement weather conditions and weather related emergencies, are subject to the full registration fee if there is one. Refunds will not be given at any time. Substitutions are welcome. For Event or Registration Questions: Call (517) 324-8330 or email

The full policy is available for you to read during the registration process under "Terms and Conditions" prior to submitting your registration.

Please Note: Due to flu season, we ask that if you experience any symptoms related to the flu, please stay home and do not attend the event. Contact MPHI either by phone or email if you will not be attending. To learn more about the flu and what you can do, please visit or call (800) 232-4636.