Disparities exist in both breastfeeding rates and the availability of lactation support professionals. We see disparities related to race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geography, and many other factors. These issues are extremely important to address and WBC hopes to support local efforts to improve and eliminate disparities.
United States Breastfeeding Committee webinar: Making the Case for a Targeted Approach to Racial Equity
Journal of Human Lactation, Special Issue February 2015: Equity in Breastfeeding
Oregon Breastfeeding Coalition: Closing the Gap on Racial and Ethnic Disparities
United States Breastfeeding Committee webinar: Breastfeeding and Latinas
La Leche League USA – Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee
National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color – mission to cultivate a community of diverse professional and peer lactation supporters to transform communities of color through policy, breastfeeding, and skilled lactation care
Let us know if your coalition or organization is doing something to address disparities in your community! We’d love to share you story.