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Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. During the month, individuals and organizations celebrate the rich histories, cultural influences, and contributions of Hispanics/Latinx in the United States. Latinx are a diverse group with ancestry from 28 countries. Over 50 million Latinx live in the United States, and it is estimated that by 2050, one in three of the U.S. population will be Latinx.

Almost a quarter of all births in the US are to Latinx parents. While 80% of Latinx in the United States initiate breastfeeding indicating an intent to breastfeed. Unfortunately, only 16% can meet the national guidelines of six months exclusive breastfeeding (recommended by AAP and WHO) suggesting that systematic barriers exist and contribute to breastfeeding rates that fall below the national average and short of the Healthy People 2020 goals.

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Webinar Spotlight from USBC

  • Breastfeeding Culture in Hispanic Mothers in the USA - Cresta Archuletta, National Association of Hispanic Nurses, and Ana Maria Linares, Associate Professor College of Nursing, University of Kentucky
    • This webinar presentation identified racial and ethnic disparities; describe the cultural issues associated with Hispanic mothers; identify factors that are associated with breastfeeding; identify health risk factors associated with suboptimal breastfeeding; and identify potential interventions to promote breastfeeding in Hispanic women.
    • Presentation Slides

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