Felisha is the wife of an Air Force retiree, and proud mother of three breastfed children whom she nursed for 18 months, 3+ years and 2+ years. Over a decade ago, she was inspired to seek a career field to help mothers breastfeed. While stationed at Warner Robins AFB and Charleston AFB, she often secretly suffered in silence alone struggling to overcome her own breastfeeding challenges. Spurred by her own experiences, Felisha became a passionate advocate for equity in lactation, bringing fierce passion and a deep understanding of the intersectional challenges to breastfeeding facing both the military and African American communities.
Fearlessly passionate about this mission, she is also affectionately known as “Blactavist!” (Black Lactation Activist). This online community consists of approximately 38,000 supporters on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and is dedicated to empowering African American families to breastfeed. She is also a founding member of The B.L.A.C.K. Course, a lactation education training focusing in culturally appropriate care for Black breastfeeding families. Felisha offers infant feeding support, mentorship, and education to her local community via her private practice, Beyond Breastfeeding. She is the founder of Our Brown Baby, a community based breastfeeding support group, which serves to provide specialized culturally sensitive breastfeeding support to families of color. She is also a Center for Social Inclusion First Food Equity Cohort member.
Felisha is a national leader, an experienced trainer and speaker, and a consultant. Through her aforementioned roles, she has provided training programs across the US on topics of clinical breastfeeding, racial equity, first food justice, mentorship, power of collective impact and more. Her previous experience includes national trainings for WIC and professional consultancies for WIC Loving Support Program and the Boston Medical College’s Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices grant funded program, and she served as Lactation Coordinator for Hospital Corporations of America system in Florida. She has served on the boards of the United States Breastfeeding Committee and the Florida State Breastfeeding Coalition, and as a founding member and President of NAPPLSC (National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color), in addition to her work with Mom2Mom Global and Breastfeeding in Combat Boots.