My name is Danielle Blakney. I am a wife and mother of three children, all of whom I’ve breastfed. I work out of Yale New Haven Hospital as a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and Certified Lactation Counselor. Working in the lactation field has exposed me to the health disparities that African American women face regarding breastfeeding. I want to become an IBCLC to help facilitate change, not only by educating women about breastfeeding but other healthcare professionals as well. Thank you to the Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition for choosing me to receive this scholarship!