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Talking About Racism

Talking to your children about racism while trying to breastfeed a newborn is hard. Sometimes pregnancy or the birth of a new sibling can bring up questions about self-identity or family identity. We want to share some resources and articles on talking to your children about racism. Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community Global reminded us, “let’s not forget that the hormones produced while nursing an infant reduce maternal stress.” Black Mamas Day is approaching on Sunday, May 9th and Black Mamas Matter Alliance is gearing up with a jam-packed week centered around celebrating and uplifting Black Mamas

For providers, Michigan Breastfeeding Network released an on-demand webinar titled “Dismantling Racism and Implicit Bias in Breastfeeding and Human Lactation.” Speaker TaNefer L. Camara, MS-HCA, IBCLC, will address how racism, specifically anti-Black racism, is the root cause of disparities in breastfeeding and lactation. She will use case studies and parent narratives to highlight the insidious ways breastfeeding is casually disrupted and undermined by medical providers, nurses, and others who interface with birthing and lactating people. Participants will leave the webinar with recommendations for identifying racism, addressing implicit bias and how to support, and affirm Black, Indigenous and a people of color in breastfeeding/chestfeeding and lactation. Or the March Of Dimes Implicit Bias Training for OB/GYNs, CNMs, Family Medicine physicians, nurses, LCs, and all other health professionals involved in maternal health on May 20, 2021, 1:00 PM Eastern Time.

Resource list

Thank you to Emily Chávez, Director of Equity and Justice at a Durham independent school, for compiling the majority of this list. Additions provided by the Breastfeed Durham Team.