Racial Equity

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month! Native American Heritage Month recognizes the histories and continuing invaluable contributions of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian people in the United States, celebrating the rich diversity in cultures, traditions, and languages, and focusing on how heritage intersects with health.  Breastfeed Durham believes that by working together to raise …

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Women’s Commission Survey

Breastfeed Durham received the following from Durham County Women’s Commission regarding Black Maternal Health advocates as the fight continues for equitable access to quality healthcare and the elimination of maternal health disparities.  The Durham County Women’s Commission strives to educate the community and advise the Durham County Board of Commissioners on issues related to the …

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Revive, Restore, Reclaim

Save the date: July 7th at 12:30 pm, a virtual conversation with community birth workers, providers, and doulas about the disparities in black health and breastfeeding in our communities. Providers from the July 7th panel will be sharing their knowledge, practice, and mission to support Black Health and Breastfeeding during Black Breastfeeding Week, August 25-31.

Pro-Lactancia Hispana

It is clear that we need to do more to advocate for Spanish-speaking families utilizing a community-based approach.  Breastfeed Durham is in the process of forming a committee to address the needs for Spanish-speaking families.  Would you like to join the committee? Do you have any lactation resources for Spanish-speaking families?  Breastfeed Durham would love …

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Silence Is Deadly

Racism is a public health issue. Black women die in pregnancy-related deaths at a rate that is 3.3 times greater than white women…Yet, approximately 3 in 5 pregnancy-related deaths were preventable.” We know that breastfeeding right after birth, causing the uterus to contract and slow down blood loss after delivery. We know that breastfeeding also lowers infant mortality rate. Why then are Black mothers and Black babies so often denied the life-saving encouragement to breastfeed?

ON-Demand Webinar| Black Breastfeeding: Trauma and Resilience

The keynote speaker, Bonita Agee, is great, and her closing remarks were incredible. This presentation brings to focus multiple roadblocks, from historical trauma through present day factors, that impact breastfeeding, highlight the rise of Black lactation advocates, and outline ways to provide culturally responsive support for Black women and their infants.

Chair of Black Maternal Health

Our goal is to continue to support families in our community during this unprecedented and stressful time and support organizations such as yours that are working with families of color to aid in minimizing the financial barriers to provide educational resources and services to them. Our goal is to support Black Maternal Health within our communities. With your help, Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities of Durham and your organization can make changes to support black Maternal health in Durham and surrounding counties.