The Power of Collaboration with Nikki & Nikki [PODCAST]

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Nikki Greenaway, aka Nurse Nikki, is a wife, mother of three, Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She is one half of Nikki and Nikki Lactation Career Consultants where she assists black lactation specialists register for the IBCLC exam.  In addition to co-founding the New Orleans Breastfeeding Center and Cafe au Lait Breastfeeding Circle for Families of Color, she is also the proud owner of a maternal-child health mobile clinic and a health consulting firm providing maternal-child health training and resources to community organizations.

Nekisha Killings MPH, IBCLC, RLC is an equity strategist, international board certified lactation consultant, and maternal and child health advocate. Her life’s work is focused on advancing equity in the field of lactation. Nekisha authored the chapter titled Cultural Humility in the latest Core Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Lactation Care. She acts as Director of Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at Lactation Education Resources, and consults organizations on creating and implementing strategies to better support marginalized communities. She is co-founder of Nikki & Nikki: Lactation Career Consultants, which is dedicated to equipping aspirants of color to sit the IBCLC exam. 

In addition to being a spouse to an active duty service member, Nekisha also homeschools four little future world changers and enjoys writing and researching on the impact of historical trauma on Black families’ breastfeeding experiences today.

HIGHLIGHTS

11:10 How Nikki and Nikki first came to be

16:10 Demystifying the process for others

20:18 Using support to keep you on track and focused 

29:16 What they would change about the lactation industry

37:46 The importance of serving while also being compensated

QUOTES

09:31 “And it’s all for me, it’s all related. It’s all related to having more folks that look like Nikki and I in the field doing the work, being able to represent a different side of lactation. And so it’s all connected.” 

17:51 “It’s like a switch comes on when someone really gives you confidence that you can accomplish anything. You start to believe in yourself. And it makes all the difference in the world.”

27:24 “We’re not out here to get rich. I think our goal is really to be of service. When I think that shines through our work, a lot of what we do is, is for very little or no pay.”

34:26 “No, that doesn’t happen because they’re not interested in learning or growing. And so it’s a waste of resources and energy and that’s the heavy lifting for the folks who have been lifting heavy too long.” 

39:10 “So to decrease the burden, because that is one of those big hurdles that Black and Brown people are experiencing is this hurdle of the money. Like it’s expensive to do what we do to get that certification.”

RESOURCES

Nikki and Nikki on Instagram

Nikki and Nikki on Facebook

Nikki and Nikki by email

Nikki and Nikki’s YouTube Channel

The Melanated Mammary Atlas

How Did I Miss That?: Breast Assessment and Non-White Skin Tones

National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color (NAPPLSC) 


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About Us

Leah Jolly is a private practice IBCLC with Bay Area Breastfeeding in Houston, Texas. Annie Frisbie is a private practice IBCLC serving Queens and Brooklyn in New York City, and the creator of the Lactation Consultant Private Practice Toolkit.

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