December’s Cause of the Month is BreastfeedingInColor: a Washington, DC based initiative to support women of color, especially Black women, with their breastfeeding journeys and goals through normalizing Black women breastfeeding and being an educational resource.

“Currently, 77% of US infants begin breastfeeding immediately after birth; however, babies are not breastfed for as long as recommended by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.  Only 58.9% of Black infants are breastfed after birth. Now compare that to the 75.2% for White infants and 80% for Hispanic/ Latino(a) infants. Do you see that GAP? Black infants have the lowest rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration compared to their other racial counter parts.  Making breastfeeding visible and empowering can help increase our (Black) breastfeeding rates tremendously.”

The proceeds from Charitable Members for December 2016 will be donated to support BreastfeedingInColor. For more information or to donate directly please visit the BreastfeedingInColor site for details.

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