Diversity in Lactation Consulting Scholarship Recipient – Meet Dawn

Pacify is thrilled to announce that we have awarded the Diversity in Lactation Consulting Scholarship to our winner in Ohio, Dawn Johnson!
Read more about Dawn and why she's excited to become an IBCLC.

Why I Want to Be an IBCLC

What made you want to become an IBCLC?

My journey to becoming an IBCLC was ignited by my experiences as a passionate black Doula, where I've closely witnessed the systemic disparities affecting black women in the medical field. I've seen how easily the voices of black mothers are overlooked, especially in matters as crucial as breastfeeding. Observing hospitals administering formula without consent and the assumptions made by healthcare professionals about black mothers' desire to breastfeed deeply affected me. As a mother who breastfed my own child until he was two, I understand the immense benefits of breastfeeding. These experiences fueled my desire to become an IBCLC, to advocate for and empower black mothers, ensuring their choices are respected and their voices heard

What impact do you hope to make as an IBCLC?

As an IBCLC, I aim to bridge the gap between black mothers and the healthcare system, ensuring they receive the support and respect they deserve. My goal is to create a nurturing environment where black mothers feel empowered to make informed decisions about breastfeeding. I hope to use my platform to educate healthcare professionals on cultural competence, reducing biases and misconceptions. Ultimately, I aspire to increase breastfeeding rates among black women, contributing to healthier outcomes for both mothers and their babies.

Why is winning Pacify's Diversity in Lactation Scholarship is meaningful to you?

Winning the Pacify's Diversity in Lactation Scholarship is incredibly meaningful to me as it represents recognition and support for my mission to address the disparities in lactation support for black women. It's a validation of my efforts and a powerful message that the challenges faced by black mothers are being acknowledged. This scholarship not only provides me with the resources to further my education and skills but also amplifies my ability to make a significant impact in the lives of black mothers and their babies, driving towards a future where every mother's choice to breastfeed is supported and respected.

About the Diversity in Lactation Consulting Scholarship

Pacify is committed to playing an active role in promoting diversity within the International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) community. Our scholarship, which we award with partners across the country, covers up to $1000 of the costs associated with becoming a first-time IBCLC.

Learn more about our Diversity in Lactation Consulting Scholarship here.

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