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Cultural Dimensions in Promoting, Protecting, and Supporting Lactation in East Asian Communities

Featuring Grace Yee, Retired IBCLC and Tonya Lang, MPH, CHES, IBCLC


On July 22nd, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM PST BreastfeedLA presents Cultural Dimensions in Promoting, Protecting, and Supporting Lactation in East Asian Communities, a webinar featuring Grace Yee, Retired IBCLC and Tonya Lang, MPH, CHES, IBCLC.

Despite our large numbers in California, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) have remained largely invisible. Due to the “model minority” myth and other stereotypes, the diversity and the unique needs of our communities are often overlooked by many health care providers. This presentation will address the diversity within the AANHPI umbrella; describe how breast/chestfeeding and human milk feeding data on AANHPIs are often excluded or reported as an aggregate category; and share insights on what may influence infant feeding and family care practices in AANHPI families.

Participants will be awarded 1.5 R-CERPS & 1 Contact Hour.


At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the diversity that exists under the AANHPI umbrella.
  • Define the “model minority” myth, and how it masks the diversity of AANHPI communities.
  • Discuss the available breastfeeding data and its limitations.
  • Describe clinical and cultural factors that may influence breastfeeding.
  • Name two cultural practices that support breastfeeding.
  • Understand the importance of offering culturally congruent lactation support to AANHPI families.


Grace Yee retired in 2019 as the Breastfeeding Coordinator and the Breastfeeding Peer Counseling Program Supervisor for the City & County of San Francisco WIC Program. Grace was an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and currently holds the retired status of IBCLC. Before she joined WIC in 2009, she had worked at a public health center and at a hospital outpatient clinic as a health educator. In both positions, she worked with mothers and infants from diverse cultures and backgrounds; she prepared expectant parents for birth and breastfeeding, and supported their lactation experience postnatally.  During her tenure at the San Francisco General Hospital Women’s Clinic, Grace designed the Expectant Parents Club, a combination of prenatal preparedness class, integrated lactation education and support, with support group in English, Spanish, Cantonese and Mandarin; the Club was well accepted. In her thirty plus years in breastfeeding education, support, and promotion, her tenure at WIC was the most meaningful and galvanizing experience, at which she was able to involve the lactation, healthcare, childcare communities to improve lactation care, support and policies locally. She is also a Board Member of the California Breastfeeding Coalition (CBC) and the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islanders Lactation Collaborative of California, where she continues to invest her passion and energy in lactation matters.


Tonya Lang is a Co-Founder of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Lactation Collaborative of California. She serves as Chair of the Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Task Force (ASAP!) and as a member of the Steering Committee of the Alameda County Breastfeeding Coalition in Northern California. She received her MPH in Health Promotion/Disease Prevention from The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. Tonya has public health experience at both the federal and local levels, and experience working with AANHPI communities at the national and local levels. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, a Certified Health Education Specialist, and has supported chest/breastfeeding and human milk feeding families for the past 16 years as a La Leche League Leader in Oakland, CA. 

Cancelation Policy

After the webinar a recording will be sent to all registrants to view for up to 2 years, therefore no refunds will be granted. It is the responsibility of the participant to view the recording while it is available. 

Payment Policy

Payment must be made during the time of online registration using a credit or debit card. If you need to make alternate payment arrangements such as a company check to be mailed to BreastfeedLA, you MUST pay the General Registration rate and contact info@breastfeedla.org. No Early Bird registration rates will apply to payments by check. This policy is in effect as of Aug 1, 2017.

Continuing Education Credits

RN: BreastfeedLA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. This course offers 1 contact hour of continuing education. BreastfeedLA’s provider number is CEP 16435. Licensee must maintain certificate for a period of four years.

IBCLC: BreastfeedLA is an approved Long-Term Provider by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners #CLT113-36. 1.5 R-CERPs will be awarded.

RDs & OTs: Maintain a copy of the agenda and certificate for CPEs for Professional Development Portfolio.