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 APP 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.
Resources, Tools, & Materials
- Association of American Colleges
- "The State of Hispanic Health and Implications for the Future" and "Approaches to Hispanic Health Research" webinars
- Binational Breastfeeding Coalition
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Facebook Groups:
- ASI Alimentación Segura Infantil
- Breastfeeding Latinas
- Latinas Breastfeeding Leaders
- Latinas Breastfeeding Coalition
- Pretty Mamas Breastfeeding LLC
- Healthy Children Project
- HealthConnect One
- Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health
- Lactation Education Resources
- Latino Best Start
- Mamás Con Poder/MomsRising
- National Association of Hispanic Nurses
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
Webinar presenters 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.
- The Power of WE - Juana Bordas, author, "Salsa, Soul and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age"
- During this session, author Juana Bordas discussed her award-winning book and invited participants to be an integral part of our multicultural future and to join in the dance of our diverse communities.
- No Recipes, Just Relationships – Nanci Jiménez, Luna Jiménez Seminars & Associates
The webinar explored the importance of listening and emotional healing, for ourselves and others, authenticity, and trust.
Breastfeeding Moms' Voices Across America: A Conversation - Ashley Brown, Nayeli Gomez-Burns & Jayme Paddock
This webinar session featured a panel of speakers—one African-American mom, one Latina mom, and one Native American mom—who shared their breastfeeding journeys.
Community-Based Doula Programs: Innovative Program Model that Supports Families - Brenda Reyes and Tikwah Wadley, HealthConnect One
The webinar provided an opportunity for participants to learn about the community-based doula model approach to supporting new families, particularly in underserved communities.
- Racial Equity Learning Community
USBC has been funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to host this online community as part of an inclusive learning and transformation process for the "First Food" field. The community will build the capacity of the breastfeeding field to apply both an "equity lens" to inform and guide our external strategies and activities, but also an "equity mirror" to examine our internal structures, culture, and policies
- "Structural Inequities Burden Mothers/Parents, Infants and Families of Color: Support Policies that Reduce Disparities in Health Outcomes"
- A fact sheet created to highlight legislative solutions to reducing health disparities