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Black breast-feeding gatherings battle troubling health gaps

3 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, January 29 2015 Jan 29, 2015 January 29, 2015 12:46 PM January 29, 2015 in Health
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

MILWAUKEE - Low rates for breast-feeding may contribute to health gaps facing U.S. blacks, but in several cities grassroots groups are aiming to change that.

The Milwaukee-based African American Breastfeeding Network is one, and it recently got recognition from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The group's monthly gatherings encourage moms to breast-feed while sharing tips and learning strategies for beating barriers that keep them from nursing. That includes sometimes absent partners and employers who don't allow workplace breast-feeding.

Benefits include less infant mortality, asthma, Type 2 diabetes and obesity - which all disproportionately affect black children. Breast-feeding also been linked with lower rates of some cancers and even heart disease, which disproportionately affects black women.

Breast-feeding groups for blacks also meet in Detroit and Atlanta.

IMAGE: African American Breastfeeding Network

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