Breastfeeding is beautiful, but it can be hard! Clogged ducts, low milk supply, mastitis, and latching difficulties can all make a nursing mother’s journey difficult. Breastfeeding a baby is a monumental long-term experience and nursing mothers need all the support they can get. Unfortunately, according to our 2021 State of Motherhood Survey, 51% of mothers would like more acceptance and reassurance-based support overall.
For breastfeeding black mothers, however, there are additional challenges they may encounter. These challenges are primarily due to racial discrimination, lack of support from healthcare providers and the community, and generations of trauma that have contributed to lower breastfeeding rates, death rates higher childhood and higher rates of chronic disease in the black community.
Breastfeeding support and education for Black mothers is critical to improving outcomes for Black mothers who choose to breastfeed and to improving breastfeeding and health statistics in the community.
Here are some resources that promote, educate and empower Black breastfeeding mothers along their journey.
This organization is committed to improving breastfeeding rates and child and maternal health in the black community by providing breastfeeding support and education in the form of community peer counsellors, advocacy and support to the birth. They also offer free doula support for parents giving birth in southeast Wisconsin.
This Detroit-based organization is committed to eliminating racial disparities experienced by Black breastfeeding families through advocacy, education and support for parents throughout their pregnancy and breastfeeding journey. They aim to create foundational support networks and strengthen systems to overcome historical, societal, and social barriers to breastfeeding success.
This organization was founded to address breastfeeding disparities for communities of color. ROSE works to normalize breastfeeding by providing resources and networking opportunities for individuals and communities. As a national expert and in partnership with communities, they strengthen equity in maternal and child health through culturally appropriate training, education, advocacy and support.
The mission of this non-profit organization is to eliminate the stigma against breastfeeding in black communities, educate black communities on the importance of breastfeeding, educate black families on the elements of breastfeeding, to support Black breastfeeding families in their breastfeeding journeys, to increase the visibility of Black breastfeeding families in our community and to improve breastfeeding rates in Black communities. Their Facebook page and blog share photos and stories of black breastfeeding parents to help end cultural stigma and show that black women are breastfeeding!
Every year for the past 8 years, this incredible organization has used 7 days at the end of August to highlight, empower and uplift the Black breastfeeding community. Black Breastfeeding Week was created because for over 40 years there has been a gaping racial disparity in breastfeeding rates. The most recent data from the CDC shows that 75% of white women have ever breastfed compared to 58.9% of black women. Through education, support, and advocacy, they hope to reduce the racial disparities experienced by black breastfeeding parents.
This South Los Angeles-based organization aims to increase breastfeeding rates in the African-American community, starting in South Los Angeles. They currently offer an online breastfeeding support group and hope to offer breastfeeding classes, support groups and in-home support as well as vibrant community outreach activities in the near future.
With over 94,000 members, this Facebook group is a great resource for Black breastfeeding parents. The Breastfeeding Support Group for Black Moms provides its members with evidence-based breastfeeding support to encourage and educate them to achieve their breastfeeding goals.
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