Thursday, August 3, 2023
On Zoom
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

The Effects of Diabetes on Maternal Health and Breastfeeding

Diabetes during pregnancy can impact milk production and make it more difficult to breastfeed.

Speakers Danaya Hall, R.N., and Dr. David Griffin will discuss the impacts of diabetes on pregnancy and breastfeeding, and talk about ways to help new parents produce enough milk for infants.

The prevalence of diabetes and related limb amputations is high among African American and African immigrant communities.

Gestational diabetes, which can happen during pregnancy, affects 2-10% of all pregnancies in the U.S. 

The event is being hosted by Multnomah County's REACH and WIC programs for World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7), to raise awareness about ways we can support lactating families. 

Who Should Attend

Anyone with an interest in supporting pregnant and breastfeeding parents with diabetes, including:

  • Lactation consultants
  • Health care providers (clinicians, dieticians)
  • Employers
  • Community, government and business community partners
  • State and local policy makers

CEUs have been applied for.

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About the Speakers

Danaya Hall, R.N.

Founding president of the Alliance of Black Nurses Association of Oregon (ABNAO). Danaya will address the different forms of diabetes, its impact on pregnancy and lactation, and the health disparities faced by African American mothers.

Dr. David Griffin

Clinical associate professor, Department of Medicine, Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Griffin will focus on preventative measures against diabetic complications in the foot, with an emphasis on racial disparities and community-based solutions.


Contact Sabrina Villemenay, or Cherish Wanter,