Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New study explores why black women might be less likely to breast feed

According to Kiddada Green from the Black Mothers Breast Feeding Association, there are three reasons why black mothers may be more averse to breast feeding their babies:
1. Psychological effect of historical influences - the separation of mother and child during slavery, the slave woman being asked to nurse her mistresses children, and slave women having to return to the fields quickly after giving birth.
2. African-American women are discouraged for a number of reasons from breast feeding.
3. Lack of support

Her organization was organized in order to create a support system for mothers in order to motivate them to begin breast feeding and encouraging mothers to keep up the practice.

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