Breastfeeding support scarce in Black communities

Very few of the maternity wards that have won a seal of approval for providing breastfeeding support are located in communities with a significant population of African Americans, a Women’s eNews analysis finds.

Breast milk is the most local of all foods and one that can have an outsized impact on the health of mothers and infants.

However, for many African-American parents, finding a maternity ward that supports the process immediately after birth can be extremely difficult.

That’s the finding of Women’s eNews’ review of the U.S. locations of so-called baby-friendly hospitals, maternity hospitals that have passed a set of stringent standards established by the World Health Organization to assist brand-new parents to begin breastfeeding.

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Nyesha Samuel, Publisher for

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