Black Women and Breastfeeding: Why You Should Breastfeed

breastfeedingAccording to findings by the CDC, black infants consistently have the lowest rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration.

For some reason, the black community is missing the memo when it comes to the importance of breastfeeding in the early stages of infancy.

Since this is Black Breastfeeding Week, is doing its part in ensuring that black mothers understand how imperative it is to make certain that their little ones are breastfed.


Here are some important facts about breastfeeding that every mother and mother-to-be should know.

Human Milk Boosts a Baby’s Immune System

Breast milk helps babies to fight bacterial, viral and parasitic such as the following:

  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Ear infections
  • Bacterial meningitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Infant diarrhea
  • Common colds and flus

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Breastfeeding Reduces the Risk of Diseases Later in Life, such as:

  • Type I and II diabetes
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Leukemia
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Asthma
  • Eczema

Breastfeeding Greatly Reduces a Woman’s Risk of Developing Breast and Ovarian Cancer, Osteoporosis and Heart Diseases

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As a matter of fact, the longer a woman breastfeeds, the higher her benefit. A woman who breastfeeds for 8 years has almost 0% risk of developing breast cancer.

  • Breastfeeding Promotes Faster Postpartum Healing For Mothers, Assists in the Uterus Returning to its Natural,  Pre-Pregnancy Size in a Shorter Time, and Lowers Overall Postpartum Blood Loss.
  • Breastfeeding Helps Mothers Lose Baby Weight Faster.
  • Human Milk Contains Substances That Calm Babies and Act as Sleep Aides. applauds communities such as Black Women Do Breastfeed, Black Moms Breastfeeding Support Group and Mocha Milk Mommy’s Breastfeeding Support Group for promoting breastfeeding among black mothers. We hope this information encourages all the mothers among our fans to take breastfeeding seriously.

By: Danielle Dixon

Follow her on Twitter: @tooprettydani



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