Updated: Sep 12, 2020
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) Report Card, published in 2019, showed that 74 percent of black mothers had initiated any breastfeeding. By 6 months, the percentage of mothers exclusively breastfeeding drops to only 27.1 percent. These numbers have increased from previous years, at 69.4 and 17.2 percent. According to the the American Academy of Pediatrics, breastfeeding protects against type 1 and 2 diabetes, as well as the likelihood of childhood obesity, allergies, and asthma. The CDC lists diabetes as the number 6 killer of Black Men and the number 4 of Black Women (over all ages). Of African Americans aged 20 and over, 28.4 percent of men and 17.6 percent of women have been found to be obese. In our community, breastfeeding can truly be life or death.
Breastfeeding awareness and education is the only way to continue the increase of black breastfeeding mothers. Continued support and encouragement will build strong babies leading to healthier communities and decreased mortality rates. Black Breastfeeding Mothers are making history. We are educating ourselves and slowly changing what a Black breastfeeding mom looks like.