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Our history

Alimentación Segura Infantil was founded in October 2017 to respond to the lack of food justice that existed in Puerto Rico, both because of the systems of oppression that affect our society, the elitism that permeates the field of childbirth and breastfeeding or chestfeeding. and for the inadequate response to the emergencies we are experiencing due to the fiscal crisis, the epidemic of Zika, and Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Yaheli Concepción and Lourdes Santaballa had a dream, they wanted to open a clinic that focused on offering low-cost services to families in Puerto Rico that at the same time offered clinical practice opportunities to people interested in becoming lactation specialists. But when Maria came, We realized that a building was unnecessary and that the clinic was the island. With the support from activists in the US, Canada and other parts of the world, we receive donations with which we began to offer free breastfeeding or chestfeeding clinics to María's survivors at the MAM center in September 2017, and the doctor Aunchalee Palmquist from the US helped us file the incorporation request in line with the State Department on October 16, 2017 because there was no internet on the island.

We chose the name Alimentación Segura Infantil because, although it's supposed to be Alimentación Infantil Segura, ASI sounds better than AIS. On the 21st of In October, the first community training in infant feeding was offered in (IYCF-E) and we received a small grant from Save the Children as seed money to start the work, which consisted of traveling the island to offer direct service and community trainings in IYCF-E. A grant from International Medical Corps in March 2018 helped us form a powerful lactation counseling network. Our CASICAs (Advisors in Community Safe Child Feeding) are the backbone of the organization. The ASI's mission has always focused on combating systems of oppression that limit food and reproductive justice, offer direct service with a reach specifically aimed at traditionally marginalized communities, and in training anyone interested in becoming a lactation specialist, regardless of their academic preparation. In six years we have become the grassroots organization non-governmental community in child feeding and reproductive justice more large on the island with diverse funds from different foundations and individuals, we have a network of volunteers of more than 60 people, we are recognized by the Council of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) as a organization that offers clinical contact hours under pathways 1 and 3, and we offer two online certifications to become a lactation professional specialist. We have three community IBCLCs, countless IYCFS, CLAAS and CASICAs and we hope to have more in the near future. THIS is how it works because we don't let it dominate egos and collaborate with other grassroots organizations and individuals community, seeing diversity as an asset.
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