Top Five Reasons Why We Need A Black Breastfeeding Week

A Black woman with locs breastfeeds her baby. She is wearing a green dress, and they sit on the grass. Brianna Lisa Photography/Pexels

Black Breastfeeding Week was created to address the racial gap in breastfeeding rates and to better support new Black parents.

“Black Breastfeeding Week was created because for over 40 years there has been a gaping racial disparity in breastfeeding rates. The most recent CDC data show that 75% of white women have ever breastfed versus 58.9% of black women. The fact that racial disparity in initiation and even bigger one for duration has lingered for so long is reason enough to take 7 days to focus on the issue.”