We had the good fortune of connecting with Sabrina Trueblood and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Sabrina, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When I had my son I knew I wanted to breastfeed and had the unwavering support of my husband. However, I didn’t have the support of all my immediate members of my family and they challenged my decision often. I was learning as I went along but wanted to get more formal education. I looked into it and decided to become a CLC, Certified Lactation Counselor. It took me some time, but I realized a ton of other mamas also needed help… The Aladun Tree was created!

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Our mission at The Aladun Tree is to protect Black women’s decision to breastfeed by providing knowledge and lactation support with pride, authenticity, flexibility, and honesty. Black women are one of the demographics who breastfeed the least. There are many contributing factors to this, such as system racism in healthcare, access to lactation resources at hospitals who mainly serve a minority population, and other things. My business focus is supporting the Black woman who gets put aside in the lactation space. I want them to know that of course they matter, they are deserving of knowledge, they are deserving of support. I am in the beginning phases of my business and I lean into successful business owners before. I have taken courses for business building to set my foundation properly. I have also registered for courses from other Lactation professionals to align my business model with best practices. I have learned so far that although you can get information from other sources, you have to mold everything to fit your values. It has not been easy so far, starting a business is hard work and scary! But I decided to do it scared. I want the world to know that The Aladun Tree desires to help as many mamas as possible in their breastfeeding journey. If they do end of stopping, I want it to be on their terms and without regret.

I also want the world to know why I chose the company name. Aladun is the Yoruba word for sweet and is also used in terms of nourishment. I firmly believe that breastfeeding is the best nutrition for babies and that mothers are the root of our foundation. Mothers are the trees that bare fruit which can also bare fruit and keep on giving. I chose a Yoruba word to tap into my Haitian and African ancestry. Most Haitians were stolen from the country of Dahomey which is modern day Benin. Yoruba is a main language spoken in Benin and I felt this would give a great nod to my familial history.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was in the city she knows we are going to eat out multiple times a day and relax! I am in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area and we could get into some good trouble. Of course all of this is daydreaming post-pandemic. We would get a hotel in DC and take a little trip to Maryland and have breakfast at Founding Farmers (farm to table). We would then get back into the city and go explore the National Museum of African American History and Culture. This museum is full of history that should be consumed by all. We would then go to &pizza for lunch because it is my favorite! After this we could walk off our lunch by the Potomac River. The next day we would go to the National Harbor in MD and take the water taxi into Old Town Alexandria. We would grab a bite to eat at the many eateries and also visit the indoor market. This market has many unique things for sale as well as art and clothing. We can jump back on the water taxi and head back to MD for a movie on the harbor. They usually have movies in the evening where you can sit by the water and enjoy the movie near the water. The next day we may stay at the hotel and order room service and watch Hometown, but the next day we would take a day trip to Baltimore! We will have breakfast at Miss Shirley’s off Pratt street near the Baltimore Harbor then we would go visit the Baltimore Aquarium. There we could see all the wonderful marine life and learn our fill. The day would end in Baltimore at PaperMoon cafe for dinner before we take the drive back to DC. In the DMV area there are plenty of places to eat, learn, and play; we would do as much as we wanted!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to 100% dedicate my shout out to my husband Bryan Trueblood. His faith was enough to hold both of us through the hurdles. He was very supportive of my decision to breastfeed and came around quickly to the idea of extended breastfeeding. He was also very supportive of my desire to help other Black mamas successfully breastfeed. He is a source of encouragement, support, and much needed reassurance.

Website: www.TheAladunTree.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/TheAladunTree

Facebook: www.Facebook.com/TheAladunTree

Image Credits
Bryan Trueblood

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