Friday, February 4, 2011

Weekend Movie: Black Women Breastfeeding

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.


  1. I have a young, African American doula client that breastfed for over a year! Her mother breastfed her small child as well.

    Let me know if you'd like to interview them.

  2. If you still need help with this i am willing to help

  3. This project is complete, but thanks, Sam!


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