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 ceremonial act has been lost. 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. The Nooni 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.

until 03/15/23

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