NEW YORK— Kimberly Seals Allers, multi-media journalist, breastfeeding advocate and author of The Mocha Manual series of books for mothers of color, has been named a commentator and blogger for Break Time for Nursing Mothers, a national campaign to increase awareness of a federal law to support breastfeeding working mothers.
The 2010 “Affordable Care Act” requires employers to provide reasonable break time for nursing mothers to express breast milk. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contracted with the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) to enhance the outreach and coordination of effective messages to mothers. After a rigorous selection process, Seals Allers is one of two experts that USBC has contracted with to write a series of commentaries and lead other engagement efforts to create awareness of this federal provision.
"I am thrilled to be a part of this important effort to make more working mothers aware of their options and resources when it comes to breastfeeding,” says Seals Allers, a leader in the black breastfeeding blogosphere. She has been a passionate voice working to create awareness of the importance of breastfeeding in communities of color through her books, online commentaries, speeches and other outreach.
"The more mothers and families we can reach with the Break Time for Nursing Mothers campaign, the more opportunities we can have to create a revolution in the health of our babies,” Seals Allers says.
In 2011, Kimberly was named an IATP Food and Community Fellow with a mandate from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy to increase awareness and engagement around “the first food”—breast milk—in vulnerable communities. She is also an award-winning journalist and founder of MochaManual.com, a Web-based publication and lifestyle destination for African-American moms and moms-to-be.
In addition to her popular blog on MochaManual.com, Kimberly blogs about the African-American parenting experience for Babycenter.com, is a regular commentator for Essence.com, and the “Multicultural Moms” channel leader for LiftetimeMoms.com. She also served as editorial director of the Black Maternal Health’s Women’s eNews, a project of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and is an advisory board member of the Bravado Breastfeeding Information Council.
Kimberly is available for media interviews on breastfeeding issues—including the experiences of African-American mothers in breastfeeding—and other topics relevant to families of color. For more information about Kimberly and her Mocha Manual-based initiatives, please visit her website.
Please visit the U.S. Department of Labor website for more information on the Break Time for Nursing Mothers campaign.