In recognition of Black Breastfeeding Week, Hope and Healing Family Center attended Black Breastfeeding Celebration Event which took place at Brownsville Baby Cafe on Thursday, August 25, 2022. During the event, all moms started to walk through Betsey Head Park and afterwards attend “Mothers Love” paint and sip event at the Brownsville Action Center.
All participants were acknowledged about breastfeeding in Brownsville Baby Cafe. During the event, lunch, black canvases and paints were provided.
Why Do We Need a Black Breastfeeding Week?
For over 40 years there has been a gaping racial disparity in breastfeeding rates when white and black women are compared. The most recent CDC data show that 75% of white women have ever breastfed versus 58.9% of black women. The fact that racial disparity in initiation and even bigger one for duration has lingered for so long is reason enough to take 7 days to focus on the issue.
Breastfeeding is not only beneficial for babies but also helps mothers in many ways.
Mothers who breastfeed have reduced risk of breast or ovarian cancers and can recover faster after delivery. To learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding read our blog post.
We believe in the importance of breastfeeding in the development of children.
In recognition of this month we would like to remind you that HHFC is home to Brownsville's first and only Breastmilk Depot.We can accept breast milk donations from approved donors from The New York Milk Bank. For steps on how to become a donor, be sure to check out our friends at The New York Milk Bank! Click to Tweet!