Normalizing breastfeeding in New Mexico


In April 2018, Indigenous Women Rising (IWR) won the Healthy Communities Award from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation at MIT Media Lab’s Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hackathon in Cambridge, Mass., for adapting traditional dresses and garments to accommodate breastfeeding.

They altered the long cotton ankle-length dress with slits and pockets, making it possible for women to participate in cultural events without retreating to secret spaces to feed their infants. The ingenious alterations maintain cultural values and cost less than $10 per garment.

Check out the full story and video on the W.K. Kellogg Foundation website.

"It's obvious just by looking at the academic outcomes of our students that something is not working. The entire system is not working effectively for our children. And we need to do something different."


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