Good news or bad news first?
Lets do good news…
According to the CDC, we made our goal for Healthy People 2010 in breastfeeding rates. The goal for breastfeeding was to have a 75% of breastfeeding right after birth and according to the CDC during 2005-2006, we passed the goal with 77%. Way to go U.S.A.!
Now time for the bad news…
Unfortunately, we didn’t make the cut for our other goals, with Healthy People 2010, in breastfeeding. For example, one of our other goals in breastfeeding was to have mothers continue breastfeeding at a 50% rate after 6 months of birth. And again, according to the CDC, no racial group made that goal. The rates were Mexican-American women had a 40% rate, non-Hispanic white women (35%), and non-Hispanic black women (20%). Lastly, we didn’t make our goal for breastfeeding after one year either. According to ABC News article, Racial Disparities Remain in Breastfeeding, our goal was 25% when we only had 21% rate of breastfeeding after one year of birth.
It is interesting to note the differences between the races of people and the rates of breastfeeding:
Why such the racial disparity among non-Hispanic black and Mexican American and non-Hispanic white? ABC News stated it was because of these contributors: “include lack of culturally relevant information and images of non-Hispanic black women breastfeeding, perceptions that breastfeeding is inferior to formula feeding, non-Hispanic black women returning to work sooner (where support for breastfeeding often is insufficient), lack of social or partner support, and lack of knowledge of the health benefits associated with breastfeeding.”
Now that we have that knowledge, do you think there are other reasons? And how can target non-Hispanic black women? Being the health promotion major that I am, I would create a program specifically for non-Hispanic black women. Make knowledge about breastfeeding more prevalent to them and it’s superiority over formula feeding either through advertising or brochures at hospitals. Just a few ideas…any other ideas as readers?