Description: This presentation will share detailed research findings about where women draw their sense of norms, how their identities influence breastfeeding intentions, examples of how racism acts as a barrier to breastfeeding, and examples of how women resisted and overcame to successfully breastfeed. The presentation will conclude with discussion of how we might apply the results in communication messaging, public health programs, health system changes, and policies to ultimately increase breastfeeding rates for African American women in D.C.
Theme(s): Nutrition, Respectful and Anti-Racist Maternal Care
Dr. Sahira Long, Medical Director, Children’s National Anacostia
Dr. Aubrey Villalobos, Health Scientist, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute