Changing Disparities in Breast-Feeding

In a California Healthline report by Kenny Goldberg, experts discussed the effort to raise the rate of breast-feeding, particularly among women of color. Latino and African-American women have much lower rates of breast-feeding, and a new law urges hospitals to adopt practices that might increase those breast-feeding rates. The question is, given the limited amount of time women spend in the hospital after birth, how effective will those new rules be?

The report includes comments from:

  • Jan Emerson-Shea, vice president of external affairs at the California Hospital Association;
  • Robbie Gonzalez-Dow, executive director of the California Breastfeeding Coalition;
  • Monique Sims-Harper, a certified lactation consultant and manager of the Women and Infant Children program in Contra Costa County; and
  • Nancy Wight, a neonatologist in San Diego (Goldberg, California Healthline, 1/13).

You can download a PDF of this report.

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