Inequities 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 aims to support state and local efforts to improve and eliminate disparities and structural inequities.
As a member of the United States Breastfeeding Committee, WBC strives to learn from and model their example as they continue to prioritize 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
- 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