For my semester paper project in my Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health course I intend to research the topic of African American breastfeeding.
The public health problem, in particular, is that despite rising initiation rates, breastfeeding success at 6 months is still extremely low in the U.S. Additionally, African Americans have the lowest rates of breastfeeding in the country. This has to do with a multitude of factors, including larger social and policy problems that affect the breastfeeding success of every woman in the country, in addition to the particualr socio-economic status, community and individual influences on black women in particular.
If anyone can help me gather some sources for my research paper, I would be forever grateful! What I need most are peer-reviewed journal articles related to this topic, but anything related to African American-specific "booby traps" would also be extremely helpful!
To get us all started on my journey into this problem, here is an excellent video called Black Women Breastfeeding: A Multi-Generational Story (thanks to Micky @nashvillebirth!)
To read more about why Breastfeeding is a Public Health issue, click here.