Disparities exist in both breastfeeding rates and the availability of lactation support professionals. We see inequities 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.
Journal of Human Lactation, Special Issue February 2015: Equity in Breastfeeding
Oregon Breastfeeding Coalition: Closing the Gap on Racial and Ethnic Disparities
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.