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Black History Month Tools & Resources

As we celebrate Black History Month, we pay tribute to the struggles and achievements of the people and events that have shaped our nation. Join the USBC in recognizing the histories and continuing invaluable contributions of Black people in the United States.

By working together to raise awareness about Black maternal, infant, and child health, and bringing to light community priorities, strengths, and assets, we can all share and utilize resources, and actively engage in collaborative efforts to advance health equity.

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Resources for Black Families and Lactation Support Providers

  • The B.L.A.C.K. Course
    • A full-scope lactation and breastfeeding education course made by and for Black People and folks supporting Black breastfeeding.
  • Chocolate Milk: The Documentary
    • A film about the state of breastfeeding in Black America from The African American Breastfeeding Project.
  • It's Only Natural
    • The It's Only Natural campaign from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health, has information for African-American women and their families about the health benefits of breastfeeding — not just for babies, but for moms too. It includes facts about breastfeeding and practical tips on how to make breastfeeding work.

Webinar Spotlight from USBC

  • DC Breastfeeding Coalition: Defining Cultural Competency - Mudiwah Kadeshe, MSN, RN, CCE, IBCLC, Vice President and Director of Programs/Grant Management. DC Breastfeeding Coalition 
    • This webinar presentation explored the visible and non-visible aspects of culture, how cultural factors influence breastfeeding in the African-American community, and how to expand and sustain the reach of a breastfeeding coalition. Serving a community of predominantly low-income families of color, with a lack of breastfeeding knowledge and limited support, the DC Breastfeeding Coalition is known for its ability to leverage funds to advance community breastfeeding goals.
    • Presentation Slides

Materials about Black History Month

Organizations Focused on Black Breastfeeding