Presentation Information

Tytina Sanders-Bey

Thinking Outside the Box to Increase Breastfeeding in Communities of Colour

  • Speaker: Tytina Sanders-Bey , CLC, Doula
  • Presentation Type:
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU
Abstract:

This talk is to stress the importance of breastfeeding in communities where both finances and breastfeeding rates are low. These communities tend to have the highest infant mortality rates. Breastfeeding support programs are almost nonexistent due to lack of funding. This contributes to low initiation of breastfeeding. In these communities the title lactation consultant is foreign. Breastfeeding Peer Counselors reside within these communities; however, there are no employment opportunities. These are actually environmental barriers as well. Living in a community that does not support lactation, makes infant formula appear to be the “norm” for infant feeding. If the community as a whole was aware of the importance of breastfeeding, the whole village could take a stand. Implementing free breastfeeding/mothering support groups, allowing volunteer peer counselors to come in and assist is one approach. It should not take “money” to provide free breast milk.