Equity can be viewed as three interwoven components: a lens, a mirror, and an outcome.
Equity work can take the form of actions designed to address historic burdens as well as to remove present day barriers to equal opportunities. It can be accomplished by identifying and eliminating systemic discriminatory policies and practices, but also by transforming structures towards access, justice, self-determination, redistribution, and sharing of power and resources. Above all, it requires an inclusive approach that maximizes engagement of the communities impacted.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a report titled "Racial Disparities in Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration Among U.S. Infants Born in 2015." Published as part of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the report concludes that among infants who had initiated breastfeeding, differences between black infants and white infants in any and exclusive breastfeeding at ages 3 and 6 months were smaller but still present. The authors add that increasing rates of breastfeeding initiation and supporting continuation of breastfeeding among black women might help reduce disparities in breastfeeding duration. Strategies might include improving peer and family support, access to evidence-based maternity care, and employment support.
The following resources are provided courtesy of the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition.
Where’s the Mother? Stories from a Transgender Dad, by Trevor McDonald
Breastfeeding without Birthing, by Alyssa Schnell
Two Women and a Baby: LGBTQ and Breastfeeding, By Tipper Gallagher
10 Tips For Caring For LGBTQ Patients, by Anne Devine
Breastfeeding Outside the Box – Alyssa Schnell
LGTBQIA Resources, by Diana West
Intersection of Breastfeeding & Racial Equity:
Black Breastfeeding Organizations:
Hispanic Breastfeeding Organizations:
Breastfeeding Resources for Hispanic Families
Native American Communities:
Native American Breastfeeding Organizations:
Breastfeeding Resources for Native American Families
Maternal & Infant Mortality:
Additional resource lists:
Reaching Our Brothers Everywhere, ROBE, focuses on Black Infant Mortality by promoting and teaching Safe Sleep and Breastfeeding Inequities in communities of color from an African American tradition. ROBE seeks to educate, equip, and empower men to decrease infant mortality rates and increase breastfeeding rates in African-American communities.