Hello, My name is Karen Derrico. Born and raised in Kingstree, S.C. My amazing husband and I have lived in Las Vegas, NV for the past 13 years. I have 11 beautiful, smart and amazing children. In the 11 are 2 single births, 2 sets of twins and a set of quintuplets. I love children in general. I have studied early childhood education and have operated a preschool. I am elated to be an advocate for breastfeeding in the community to women of lower income and color. When I gave birth to my first child, all I knew was that I wanted to breastfeed. No one in my family and no one of color in my circle ever did it besides my grandmother and she didn't remember how to do it. So between me googling and reading books and a lactation consultant, I thrived until she was one year old. By the time I had my others, I was a pro. Each of my pregnancies has brought on a new challenge and a new barrier to cross. From my first set of twins, to my quintuplets, then to my triplets. You name it, I faced it.
This past, year I gave birth to triplets. Three boys! Shortly after birth, my little Carter received his angel wings. Between grieving his death and the excitement of the other doing well, it was a major challenge. Whether its their first child, or first set of multiples, I want to to help. I want to share my experience with other mothers. More importantly, I really want to be face that changes the barrier that so many women of color face. I really believe that if more women of color and lower income women and men saw younger, black women enter the hospital rooms to assist with breastfeeding, our breastfeeding outcomes would be higher. People can relate to someone looking, acting and speaking their language. One true goal I hope to accomplish at this event, is to connect with other organizations and begin to travel and speak so that I can inspire other parents to breastfeed and to educate them on the benefits of it.