Did you know that while the benefits of breastfeeding are endless, black mothers are least likely to do so and for shorter durations. According to the American Civil Liberties black women have the lowest breastfeeding ratios at 69.4% of all groups. Are you aware that racial disparities exist in regards to such.
While economic status should not affect a woman’s right to provide her baby with the most optimum nutrition a 2019 study done by the CDC suggest great systematic gaps are evident. Black women are 3 to 4 times more likely to die from or during childbirth, more likely to be required to return to work before the typical 12 week maternity leave and are stigmatized for breastfeeding due to historical degradation and oversexualization.
While true economic, social, and racial barriers persist the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh the latter for both mother and child & include but aren’t limited to:
-Gives 100% perfect nutrition for the infants/childs first six months of life.
-Contains life saving antibodies that gravely lower the risk of pneumonia, leukemia, intestinal diseases, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, Asthma, allergies, ear infections, colds, diabetes etc.
-Provides natural birth control for first six months by preventing menstruation.
-Lowers mothers risk for breast cancer and heart disease.
-Flattens mothers abdomen by naturally contracting uterus during feedings.
-Burns up to 500 calories a day causing some mothers to drop weight effortlessly.
-Is BPA free.
And the list goes on. Who’s ready to throw out/ the formula and get a pump?
BY: BEWITTY Staff