COVD-19 Lockdown Affects Black Breastfeeding Support

black breasteeding week 2020

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What is the biggest concern this year for most people? It’s the coronavirus, it’s the lockdown, the quarantine. How has the event of this year affected black women and breastfeeding? Let’s take a look at some excerpts from Black Breastfeeding Week’s website:

“BBW was created in 2013 by 3 national breastfeeding advocates in response to 40+ years of a
gaping racial disparity in breastfeeding rates. Since then, BBW has been celebrated throughout
the nation with over 800 community events.”

“Changes in perinatal care due to COVID-19 are magnifying the effects of pre-existing barriers
to breastfeeding. Prior to this pandemic, 2015 CDC data show that 84.3% of white babies have
ever been breastfed versus 66.3% of black babies. While breastfeeding rates are increasing,
data trends show that the racial disparity gap is not closing and in many instances that gap is
widening. COVID-19 has tragically exposed the unfortunate impact of racial inequities in health
for black communities. These inequities have led to black communities being
disproportionately impacted by the virus, resulting in a lagging recovery or even death and the
familial disruptions accompanied by major illness and loss. Furthermore, COVID-19 has forced
the disruption or discontinuation of evidence-based interventions for black breastfeeding
support, including those recommended in the Surgeon General’s Call To Action, such as
peer-led support and community-based interventions. Studies show that breastfeeding is the
first preventative medicine. Breastfeeding is also the safest and most reliable form of infant
feeding during a crisis. This pandemic is devastating black communities, leaving community
organizations stretched for both human and economic resources. The burden of providing
breastfeeding education, promotion and lactation is necessarily shifting to online spaces
through groups as well as healthcare providers. More now than ever before, it is critical that
black communities be equipped with the tools needed to repair the harms to breastfeeding
norms among black families, regain momentum in reducing racial disparities and to, ultimately,
meet the goals of Healthy People 2020; 81.9% breastfeeding initiation and 60.6% duration at 6
months.”

Let’s do what we can to support each other! Precious Mammaries is actively supporting local breastfeeding support groups through donations, so they can continue despite the lack of funding during the coronavirus lockdown. I (Rachel) am also a minority and woman (mama) who owns and runs this shop with two other women of color, Mandy and Melody. We are so very proud to be serving you all in this season of our lives!

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