According to a report released by the CDC in 2013, more women in the Black community are forgoing formula and breastfeeding their babies (from 47.4% to 58.9% between 2000 and 2008) and for longer periods of time. While the increase is nice, mothers across the country are encouraging their fellow mothers to increase these numbers. The lack of breastfeeding has a direct link to infant mortality.
One group called Breastfeeding Mothers Unite (BMU) launched a community initiative to save infants in black communities by increasing breastfeeding rates. One of their goals is to raise awareness through their documentary film “Breastfeeding a Nation: The History of My Chocolate Milk,” which they are currently raising funds for on GoFundMe.
In the documentary, the organization plans to review the entire history of breastfeeding in the black community, in an effort to improve the future.
BMU recently released a powerful recitation of Beah Richards’ 1951 poem entitled “A Black Woman Speaks…” which speaks to breastfeeding and its ties to white supremacy.
For more details about BMU and their work, visit HistoryofMyChocolateMilk.com.
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Deonna Anderson is Junior Editor at For Harriet. Follow her on Twitter @iamDEONNA.