Inequities exist in breastfeeding rates, the availability of lactation support professionals, the support available to different communities, the systems in place for pregnant, birthing, and lactating people, and in many other structures and experiences. We see disparities related to race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, geography, gender identity, and other factors. These issues are essential to address and WBC aims to support national, state, and local efforts to improve and eliminate disparities and structural inequities.
We recognize the power of language and its importance in helping create inclusive spaces, systems, policies, and programs. We strive to use language that welcomes all and we acknowledge that not all lactating people use female-gendered pronouns or the term “breastfeeding.” We commit to expanding the terms we use in our communications and resources to both reflect and respect all families who choose to provide human milk.
As a member of the United States Breastfeeding Committee, WBC strives to learn from and model their example as they continue to center equity in all they do. You can find more information about their approach and resources here.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Education and Advocacy Resources
- 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.
- Michigan Breastfeeding Network – collection of learning resources, including workshops, webinars, articles, and podcasts
- Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition – collection of educational resources and links related to racial and LGBTQIA+ equity
- Historical Trauma, Racism and White Privilege: The Barriers to Breastfeeding Success – GOLD Learning continuing education lecture from Camie Jae Goldhammer
- The Historical, Psychosocial, and Cultural Context of Breastfeeding in the African American Community
- Black Breastfeeding after a History of Trauma
- Racial disparities persist for breastfeeding moms. Here’s why.
- Changing the System to Address Racial Inequities in Breastfeeding – infographic and fact sheet on racial inequities in breastfeeding from ChangeLab Solutions
- The Melanated Mammary Atlas™ – web application that features a searchable directory of images of various breast-related conditions on brown skin
- Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Position Statement and Guideline: Infant Feeding and Lactation-Related Language and Gender
- La Leche League International – support for transgender and non-binary parents
- ACOG Committee Opinion – Health Care for Transgender and Gender Diverse Individuals