Nicole Trottier, Vice President
1. What does breastfeeding mean to you?
Breastfeeding to me goes beyond the mother infant bond, it’s an opportunity to end many disparities and bring equity in health across all socio economic and racially diverse communities. By working to provide support for and promotion of breastfeeding for ALL regardless of race, poverty level, or immigration status, we send the message and set the precedence that we are here to provide support and promotion of good health for ALL from the beginning moments of life.
2. Can you share about breastfeeding & the military and how that has affected you?
Being a military dependent and a breastfeeding advocate, I have seen first hand how politics and policies, often written by those with little to no knowledge or experience of breastfeeding as an Active Duty mother or dependent, dictate the initiation and continuation rates of breastfeeding among this population. Receiving support often comes with barriers in the form of ‘what will my insurance cover’ and a struggle to find quality resources. For mothers in uniform, barriers can become all to impassable with unique work environments and a lack of support to overcome them. Our military population, is just one of many, who require a ‘culturally’ specific approach to the issues.
3. What are you most excited about for 2019?
I am all too excited for what 2019 has in store for the San Diego Breastfeeding Coalition. With a board full of fresh faces and some seasoned veterans, there are many positive changes on the horizon. I am looking forward to our expanding partnerships with other organizations in the community to continue to provide promotion, support, and protection of breastfeeding for ALL.