Black Breastfeeding Week Comes to an End with Black Female Breastfeeding Rates Increased

August 30, 2015

By Nicole Tucker

Black American mothers are reportedly the least likely to breastfeed their infants, an issue which rooted from slavery in the early 1800s, where black enslaved women were forced to nurse the master’s newborn. The anti-wet nurse rebellion has been passed down for generations, and now, Black American women are lagging behind White and Hispanic women in nursing. This unfortunate issue was the inspiration for Black Breastfeeding Week, which today ends its third year. So, how successful has the movement been at getting black women to nurse?

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