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In this episode #BlackMamaMagic + #AggiePride = Janiya Mitnaul Williams (@mrswilliamswiththesons), mother of four, founder of Mahogany Milk Support Group (@mahoganymilk) and literally works everyday to change the trajectory of the health outcomes among Black people as the current Program Director of the Pathway 2 Human Lactation Training Program at North Carolina A&T, the 1st lactation certification program at a public HBCU.
Our desire is to expand the conversation around breastfeeding beyond the physical to the spiritual and position breastfeeding as a critical element of the movement for Black Lives. We need more of us showing us how to feed our babies in the thriving Promise Land we imagine. So we are excited to have a conversation with a Black Mama laying this critical foundation for liberation.
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Janiya Mitnaul Williams, MA, IBCLC, RLC, CLC is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Registered Lactation Consultant, and Certified Lactation Counselor who has been supporting nursing families since 2007. She holds degrees from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T SU) and Union Institute and University in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Human Lactation respectively.
Currently, Janiya is the Program Director of the Pathway 2 Human Lactation Training Program at N.C. A&T SU (NCAT P2P). She also works for the Women’s and Children’s Center at Cone Health-Alamance Regional as a Lactation Consultant, Community Liaison, and Volunteer Doula Services Coordinator. In 2015 she created Mahogany Milk Support Group in order to promote, encourage, and normalize nursing for Black and brown families. That same year, Janiya also became the first person of color and Non-Registered Nurse to be hired as a Lactation Consultant at Cone Health.
She is most passionate about creating diversity and equity within the field of Lactation in order to promote better health outcomes for Black and brown, marginalized, and underprivileged families because they have the greatest breastfeeding barriers to overcome. To achieve this goal she sits on boards and is a member of organizations geared towards addressing health disparities and collaborates with researchers on projects that focus on Black maternal child heath. More than that, she developed a curriculum that equips the graduates of the NCAT P2P with a strong foundation in understanding how to recognize, address, and dismantle systemic racism in health care.
Janiya also enjoys spending time with her husband, Brandon, and her fours sons: Noah Ellington, Brandon Diggs, Henry Sidney and Avery Harrison.
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