Breastfeeding is an act of resilience

Breastfeeding in Native American cultures is often viewed as ceremony, and thus an act of resilience; however due to the effects of historical trauma, this act has been lost.

The Nooni Project


Indigenous Lactation Consultant Training

expected impact

Breastfeeding is important for maternal and infant health by providing physiological and psychological short-term and long-term benefits, such as the prevention of infectious and chronic diseases and improvements in mental health, family bonding and a return of societal values. This project aims to train community Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselors and local health care providers in breastfeeding best practices, who will thereby teach families and community members about breastfeeding in a culturally appropriate way that meets the health and social needs of tribal communities in Michigan. 

Angie Sanchez, MBA, PhD Student, Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences, Michigan State University, 673 Auditorium Rd., Rm 203  East Lansing, Michigan 48824; Email: [email protected]

Sue Grady, PhD, MPH, Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences, Michigan State University, 673 Auditorium Rd., Rm. 207 East Lansing, Michigan 48824; Email: [email protected]