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Black Breastfeeding Week

Black Breastfeeding Week

From 25th to 31st of August, we are celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week! This event has been organised for the past 10 years, calling for breastfeeding support to be based on racial equality, cultural empowerment and community engagement, driven by the collective resilience of the black community. Kimberly Seals Allers is one of three black maternity activists who launched this project 10 years ago. She is an acclaimed and award-winning journalist and considered one of the leading voices of the counterculture…

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Racism and Maternity Care

Racism and Maternity Care

Institutionalised racism undermines the quality of health care for black mothers, who have a much higher mortality rate than white mothers, even when they have similar levels of education or socioeconomic background. African-American women living in the United States are nearly four times more likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth than white women, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC reports that while the mortality rate for white women is 12.7…

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Why are we celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week?

Why are we celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week?

The picture Black mothers in the US are 3 to 4 times more likely to die of pregnancy and maternity-related issues than white women and in the UK the same worrying picture repeats as black women are 5 times more likely to die from maternity complications. This situation also repeats if socio-economic factors are taken into account and even superstars like artist Beyoncè and tennis legend Serena Williams have not been spared a traumatic birth experience, adding them to an…

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Is it necessary to celebrate Black Lactation Week? 

Is it necessary to celebrate Black Lactation Week? 

We are in the middle of the Black Breastfeeding Week Celebration in its 7th edition. To spread the word, we have posted on our Instagram account a photograph of a black mother breastfeeding her baby and we have shared the news about this celebration that takes place from 25 to 31 August. It’s great to have our followers on the LactApp social networks. The responses to the image are reactions of surprise because in the 21st century we still have…

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