Breastfeeding in the Black community has a very complicated history and continues to face many barriers to this day. According the CDC “African American women have the lowest rates of breastfeeding initiation, as well as continuation at 6 months and 12 months, compared with all other racial/ethnic groups in the United States.”
Many of the barriers that prevent Black mamas from breastfeeding or conitunous breastfeeding include
- Lack of time
- Lack of support and information that promotes breastfeeding
- Lack of support from Employer
- Lack of social and cultural acceptance/sexual percpetions
- Prefer bottle feeding
- Low milk production
- Diffiuclty with baby latching on breast
Becasue of these challenges and hurdles it is important to have support, education and resources during your breastfeeding journey.
Here are some of the ways you can get support
Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association
BMBFA’s objective is to provide education, valuable resources and ongoing support to black families and public/private agencies that service these families.
African American Breastfeeding Network
The mission of AABN is to improve maternal child health and champion breastfeeding equity by (1) advocating system/policy changes,
(2) Partnering with community-based, family-centered, culturally tailored health education and support services.
Soul Food for Your Baby (SFYB) is a community program that empowers African American families to breastfeed with their heart, body, and soul.
Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere
ROSE currently provides outreach, education, and technical assistance to prenatal care providers and delivery centers to encourage them to adopt practices that support breastfeeding in their policies.
Multi- platform public health and LOVE campagin to celebrate Black breastfeeding
Social Media and Support Groups
Breastfeeding Support Group for Black Moms
We are a mom-to-mom breastfeeding support group. We offer encouragement, support, and evidence-based information through community and friendship to help expectant and nursing moms to reach their breastfeeding goals.
Virtual Lactation Lounges: by Camie Goldhammer and Open Arms Perinatal Services
Provides weekly free virtual lactation lounges led by BIPOC providers.
We work to normalize breastfeeding in the Black community.
Black Breastfeeding Circle of Mamas
A center of learning for Black women providing access to evidence based information, resources and the community support necessary to navigate breastfeeding and motherhood successfully
This group is for women of color who are looking for support and advice, related to pumping, for their precious little ones.
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