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.

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