Mama Create-Ups #1

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 1PM
Mama Create-Ups #1: Mama’s Leche: Michelle Hackney and New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force
OutsmART Children’s Program: Objects that Represent My Mother: Clay Creations
Zane Bennett Collection Study Room, RM 106 & Collab Lab, University Art Museum

We invite the full regional community to our first Mama Create-Ups where author Michelle Hackney and Illustrator Mia Ortiz-Gandara present their children’s book Mama’s Leche and their mission to normalize breastfeeding by approaching the story of breastfeeding from the perspective of the child. Following the reading, Susan Staley and members from the Las Cruces chapter of New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force will discuss what a breastfeeding-friendly workplace looks like and the laws that protect breastfeeding New Mexicans. Various members from the task force will share information on breastfeeding support groups and lactation professionals available to our mothers in the Las Cruces community. Additionally, they will also contribute experiences and artwork from the local breastfeeding art show being coordinated by the NMBTF through the month of March in Las Cruces.

Michelle Hackney is a full-time homeschooling mother of five and writer living in Las Cruces, N.M. Michelle is an advocate for breastfeeding, children’s rights, and attachment parenting. She is dedicated to fostering connections through trust and respect as the ideal way for parents to raise secure, independent, and happy children.

Mia Ortiz-Gandara, an illustrator and public-school art teacher, lives in El Paso, Texas, with her husband and two sons. She offers private art instruction for people with special needs and is passionate about encouraging and building self-confidence in children by using art as a tool to communicate emotions.

The New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force promotes breastfeeding and supports mothers, families, and communities by creating supportive environments in which breastfeeding is the cultural norm. They work to bridge the gap in breastfeeding disparities by ensuring all families have the support they need to reach their breastfeeding goals. 

*Babies and small children welcome with their parents at all events (including lectures)!