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Recording of Black Women Breastfeed Too: Past, Present, and Future

Shamiesha Ebhotemen, RN, CLES

Recording of Black Women Breastfeed Too: Past, Present, and Future



BreastfeedLA presents Black Women Breastfeed Too: Past, Present, and Future, a recorded webinar featuring Shamiesha Ebhotemen, RN, CLES. Ms. Ebhotemen will present a look at chest/breastfeeding in Black communities in a historical context, as well as introduce HERstory, a non-profit dedicated to the support of Black families in their chest/breastfeeding journey.

Participants will be awarded 1.5 E-CERPS & 2 Contact Hours.


During this presentation, participants will: 
  • Explain how historical experiences of Black women in the United States have contributed to trauma associated with breastfeeding.
  • Describe how historical trauma associated with reproduction and breastfeeding has impacted breastfeeding in Black communities today.
  • List 3 myths about Black women as it relates to parenting and motherhood.
  • List 3 strategies that are essential to promoting and supporting lactating mothers in the Black community.



Shamiesha Ebhotemen is a Registered Nurse and Lactation Education Specialist, with 10 years of nursing experience in Pediatrics, Adult Cardiology, Nursing Education, and Community Health. She has spent more than 8 of those years as a travel nurse, which has given her the knowledge and skill set to interact with people from all walks of life. She currently resides in Anaheim, CA with her husband and 4-year-old daughter. 

During her pregnancy, Shamiesha began searching for a Lactation Consultant of color in the area. She was only able to locate one Black consultant in the entire county of nearly 3.2 million people, which was very disheartening. This lit a fire underneath her and pushed her to get her certifications in both Lactation Education and Consultation. September 2019, she founded NURSEMilk where the mission is to educate, advocate, empower women to breastfeed without fear, and erase the stigma that is still associated with breastfeeding. 

Shamiesha enjoys speaking at community events, such as: The California Birth Equity Summit, Girl Talk (Miami-Dade WIC), and guest lecturing at Chapman University. Currently, she provides prenatal lactation classes and lactation support to new parents and families through her business. She is also completing her mentorship hours to sit for the IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) exam, and preparing for the launch of her nonprofit: HERstory, Inc; where the vision is to provide a safe space for pre and postpartum BIPOC families to in Orange County to learn, create community, and thrive. 

HERstory, Inc was created out of necessity in 2021. Birthing BIPOC people in Orange County have been overlooked and ignored for years. HERstory, Inc is comprised of Doulas, Nurses, Lactation Consultants, Midwives, Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners, Therapists, and Social Workers. It consists of women of all colors living in Orange County. There are a wide range of programs, from lactation classes, to support groups for Mothers and Fathers, and community resources. Stay tuned for more from HERstory, Inc.

Cancelation Policy

After the webinar a recording will be sent to all registrants to view for up to 3 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 2 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 E-CERPs will be awarded.

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