Breaking the cycle
Implicit bias among healthcare professionals, cultural stigma and mis-education related to lactation care add to low breastfeeding rates among Black women in the US. As a research based organization our mission is rooted in education for both mothers and health professionals.
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Research shows us
Maternal wellness disparities among black and brown women in the U.S continue to rise, while rates overall show a decline. Globally, The U.S is the only industrialized nation where black and brown maternal health is getting worse.
Your journey is 360
Our team of lactation professionals know that your breastfeeding journey is 360. Project Milk Mission specializes in addressing pre-existing health conditions, daily activities, eating habits and social disparities that may inhibit successful breastfeeding.
Gina VanCant, MA, CLC, is the passionate Founder/CEO of Project Milk Mission, a dedicated organization focused on promoting breastfeeding. With a Master of Arts degree in Urban Studies from the University of Akron and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Toledo, Gina brings a well-rounded educational background to her role. Additionally, she is a Certified Lactation Counselor, reflecting her deep knowledge and expertise in the field. Gina's impact extends beyond her role as CEO, as she also serves as the training facilitator for Project Milk Mission's Certified Diversity Lactation Instructor program. In this capacity, she plays a crucial role in preparing aspiring lactation professionals to provide culturally competent care to diverse populations.
Katrina Jones is a healthcare professional with a wealth of experience spanning over a decade, specializing in marketing, patient advocacy, and client support. As a mother to four wonderful girls, she has become a passionate advocate for breastfeeding, actively promoting its benefits through local events and establishing meaningful partnerships. Katrina's commitment to empowering families extends beyond her role, as she is also a Certified Diversity Lactation Instructor (CDLI) and a trusted Safe Sleep Ambassador. With her leadership and expertise, Katrina plays a vital role in promoting breastfeeding and ensuring the well-being of infants and their families.
Cissy Watkins CLC, CLS, Doula
Her multifaceted background enhances our team's capabilities and bolsters our commitment to providing exceptional care and support to our clients.
Mandisa L’Bert-Kaalima, RN-BSN, IBCLC (International Board-Certified Lactation
Consultant), is a Breastfeeding Program Enrollment Coordinator for Project Milk
Mission, who brings 11 years in the health care field, 6 years as a registered nurse
and lactation consultant. She is committed and dedicated to assisting mothers in
reaching their breastfeeding goals. She is devoted to educating mothers on the
benefits of breastfeeding, by giving them the tools necessary to manage
breastfeeding and providing breast milk for their babies. As a Lactation
Consultant, she will assist mothers in developing evidence-based feeding plans.
that address mother and infants feeding issues.
Malia Foster is a Breastfeeding Program Enrollment Coordinator for Project Milk Mission, utilizing her valuable expertise and compassionate approach gained from her previous work as a Certified Community Health Worker. With more than 8 years of experience in the medical field, Malia is dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of her community, with a special focus on improving the lives of children. Her commitment to making a positive impact drives her in her mission to create a healthier and thriving community. Additionally, Malia recently became a Certified Diversity Lactation Instructor (CDLI).
Luisa Concepcion is a College Intern at Project Milk Mission. After undergoing medical and pediatric residency training in the Philippines, she decided to pursue further studies in public nutrition. She is especially interested in improving community health outcomes of infants through maternal and early infant nutrition. She is currently a Public Health Nutrition graduate student at Case Western Reserve University.