Why Don’t Black Moms Breastfeed?

Wellness Writes

Compared to the rates for Hispanic and white mothers in the United States, black moms lag behind. Breastfeeding for black moms is a rather taboo subject.

Sure, it may be more convenient to go to the store and buy formula but when you tally up the costs and benefits of breastfeeding there’s a clear upper hand to breastfeeding moms.


According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), 68% of black infants get breast milk at some point compared to 85% of white babies and 84% of Hispanic babies.

So why don’t black mothers breastfeed as much as their counterparts? The following factors contribute to this phenomenon.

Personal Preference

Many moms do not want to struggle with breastfeeding. From waking up in the middle of the night, multiple times, to needing a breast pump and storage place for the expressed milk.

Breastfed newborns need milk every 2 hours, compared to formula-fed…

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