Like most of us in the nonprofit world, IMMB Pasteurization Coordinator Terry Jo Curtis, IBCLC, wears many hats. In addition to working hard every day to ensure the safety and quality of pasteurized donor human milk provided by IMMB to hospitals and outpatients, she founded the Indiana Black Breastfeeding Coalition (IBBC) in 2007 to help support and promote breastfeeding in the African-American community. Since 2007, Terry has grown IBBC into the thriving organization it is today, all on her own volunteer time.
IBBC was recently recognized and awarded the prestigious opportunity to contribute to the Landscape of Breastfeeding Support project, an effort of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the United States Breastfeeding Committee to create a library of images depicting how communities across the US support breastfeeding.
With the help of photography Anne Schollenberger Photography, whose beautiful work is pictured on this site, IBBC organized and completed the project, resulting in over 2,000 images about breastfeeding support in the African-American community. These images are being used by breastfeeding organizations throughout the country, including IMMB, to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding and the use of human milk.
As if pasteurizing thousands of ounces of milk per month and running a volunteer-based coalition wasn’t enough, Terry Jo recently received certification as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Terry Jo’s contribution the breastfeeding and human milk banking worlds is vital and serves as an example for how to change our culture’s viewpoint on breastfeeding and the use of human milk. As Terry Jo always says, “Together, we can – and will – make a difference.”