Now What? The Impact of COVID on Human Lactation in the Black Community

This talk seeks to present the lived experience from Black birthing people as they navigated breastfeeding/chestfeeding in a COVID world. Our goal is to reshape and reimagine the breastfeeding experience for Black women by highlighting their triumphs over their struggles. 

Thursday, 13 May 2021

Attendees will walk away with tangible strategies and skills to better support Black families in their lactation journey.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify strategies to help Black women thrive during the lactation journey during a pandemic
  • Explain barriers to that hindered Breastfeeding/chestfeeding success during COVID
  • Discuss how individuals and stakeholders need to assist families in navigating lactation in a pandemic


Event Details

Date           13 May 2021

Duration    1 hour

Time          21:00–22:00 Central European Time (14:00–15:00 Central Daylight Time)


Nastassia Davis DNP, MSN, RN, IBCLC

Nastassia davis a licensed nurse

Dr. Nastassia Davis is a licensed registered nurse with over 15 years’ experience in perinatal nursing and became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2009.

Nastassia serves as an assistant professor in the school of nursing at Montclair State University. Over her career Nastassia developed a passion for eliminating disparities in black infant and maternal health. In 2018, she went on to found a nonprofit, the Perinatal Health Equity Foundation where she serves as the executive director. Through the nonprofit, Nastassia established Sistahs Who Breastfeed, a breastfeeding support group for black women which operates in several NJ cities.

She is active in several committees and organizations including the Association of Women's Health Obstetrics and Neonatal Nursing and the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. Nastassia's research and clinical interests include implicit bias/racism in healthcare, breastfeeding in the black community, obstetrical violence, high risk OB, and reproductive justice.