TECPAXOCHITL MIREYA GONZALEZ B.A., C.L.S., REGISTERED KANGAROULA
Tecpaxochitl Mireya Gonzalez (sher/her/hers) is an indigenous P’urepécha and Nahua Certified Breastfeeding Specialist, La Leche League-USA Leader, Registered Kangaroula, and MPH-Community Health graduate student who is determined to support and uplift indigenous families through lactation support and promotion of breast/chestfeeding as a sacred first food, disruptor of intergenerational trauma, and facilitator of family resiliency. Tecpaxochitl was recently awarded the 2021 'Rising Star' award by the California Breastfeeding Coalition and recognized for her outstanding community leadership with dedication to the vision of "No Barriers to Breastfeeding in California''. As founder of Chichihualtia Perinatal & Family Wellness, a newly established non-profit organization focused on providing indigenous culturally-rooted first food advocacy and accessible lactation and parenting circles, Tecpaxochitl believes in the healing power of revitalizing ancestral legacies in lactation and family lineages. Tecpaxochitl currently leads lactation support circles tailored for her indigenous community, and provides culturally-rooted first food advocacy for her community and lactation education to primary care providers. Tecpaxochitl also volunteers as Advocacy Chair for the non-profit organization BreastfeedLA and serves as part of the Community Empowerment Steering Committee for Sister Song, a reproductive justice nonprofit national organization.