"People are often more likely to do something

when they see someone who looks like them doing it." - Rachel Davis 

Queen City

Cocoa B.E.A.N.S.

Queen City (QC) Cocoa B.E.A.N.S. serves to build a supportive, informed and empowered community

for families in Charlotte and surrounding areas. 

Women of color and their families are encouraged to embrace good nutrition and breastfeeding as a cultural and social norm through Breastfeeding Education, Advocacy, Normalcy and Support (B.E.A.N.S.)

 

QC Cocoa B.E.A.N.S. Cafes

All events are free and open to the public 

Enjoy open and comfortable conversations with specialists and other mothers. All lactation topics from first latch to weaning are open for discussion. 

We meet the last Monday of every month in Charlotte and the last Wednesday of every month in Monroe. Feel free to bring your children or slip away for an hour! You will also find diapers and refreshments at each of our cafes.

We're here to answer questions and provide safe, non-judgemental spaces to get acquainted with local families and current information on caring for your little one.

 

Community Baby Showers

All events are free and open to the public 

The Office of Minority Health's Preconception Peer  Educator (PPE) program (a national campaign raising awareness about infant mortality within the African American community) and the Office on Women's Health's It's Only Natural initiative ("a public education campaign that aims to raise awareness among African American women of the importance of and benefits associated with breastfeeding and provide helpful tips") come together in a fun community outreach event.

QC Cocoa B.E.A.N.S. collaborates with Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) PPE's to host a community baby shower and informational event. The It's Only Natural session is led by lactation consultants, guests play baby shower games, and are able to speak with a lactation consultant and registered dietitian about breastfeeding tips, equipment and additional resources.

Black Breastfeeding Week

All events are free and open to the public 

August is Breastfeeding Awareness month. And the last week, August 25th-31st, is Black Breastfeeding Week. Across the nation, cities hold community events to recognize, normalize, and celebrate breastfeeding among families of color.
 

Along with food, games, and laughter, Charlotte, NC families are able to connect with each other and learn about local support.

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