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The Virginia Breastfeeding Coalition is committed to addressing the disparities in breastfeeding. With that goal in mind, the VBC strives to use an “equity lens” to inform and guide our external work and also an “equity mirror” to examine our internal structures, culture, and policies. We invite you to join us on this journey.

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The following resources are provided courtesy of the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition.

LGBTQ Equity


Where’s the Mother? Stories from a Transgender Dad, by Trevor McDonald
Breastfeeding without Birthing, by Alyssa Schnell


Lactation Support and the LGBTQI Community, by Alice Farrow
Transgender parents and chest/breastfeeding, by Trevor McDonald
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Transgender Breastfeeding, by Diana West
Two Women and a Baby: LGBTQ and Breastfeeding, By Tipper Gallagher
10 Tips For Caring For LGBTQ Patients, by Anne Devine


Breastfeeding Outside the Box – Alyssa Schnell

Resource lists:

LGTBQIA Resources, by Diana West


Breastfeeding Support: A Geographic Perspective on Access and Equity.


Intersection of Breastfeeding & Racial Equity:

Breastfeeding in Color: The Journey to Deep & Radical Community Support
Breastfeeding Moms’ Voices Across America: A Conversation (webinar, log in required)
Great Lakes Breastfeeding Webinar Series (equity-focused breastfeeding education)
Narrowing the Great Divide: Reducing Barriers to Entry for POC in the Field of Lactation
“Progress in increasing breastfeeding and reducing racial/ethnic differences – United States, 2000-2008 Births”
Racial Equity Learning Community, U.S. Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) – webinars, reading list, blog posts, etc.
“Removing Barriers to Breastfeeding: A Structural Race Analysis for First Food”, by the Center for Social Inclusion
“Speak Up”, Comments from KBC 2018 Breastfeeding Conference presentation by Shannon McKenney Shubert
“SPEAK UP for Black Women”, Debra Bingham, DrPH, RN, FAAN
“Using Your Power & Privilege” – Great Lakes Breastfeeding Webinar

Black Communities:

Black Breastfeeding after a History of Trauma
Black Breastfeeding: Making HERstory (photo album)
Chocolate Milk Documentary
Is Slavery Why Black Women Aren’t Breastfeeding?, by Kimberly Seals Allers
“Logic Model for the Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding for Black Families”, by Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association
“Q & A with Sherry Payne: An Innovator In Lactation Equity” – comment section very important
“Top Five Reasons We Need A Black Breastfeeding Week”, by Kimberly Seals Allers

Black Breastfeeding Organizations:

Black Mamas Matter Alliance
Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association
Breastfeeding Sisters That Are Receiving Support (BSTARS)  (log in required)
Mo/Kan Black Breastfeeding Coalition
National Association of Peer & Professional Lactation Supporter of Color
Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE)

Breastfeeding Resources for African-American Families

Hispanic Communities:

Barriers to Breastfeeding for Hispanic Mothers
“Breastfeeding in Latinx Communities: Innovative Partnerships Through Authentic Community Engagement” Slides from USBC conference, must be logged into USBC site to view
“The State of Hispanic Health and Implications for the Future” and “Approaches to Hispanic Health Research” webinars
“Reclaiming Latino/Hispanic birth and breastfeeding traditions” blog

Hispanic Breastfeeding Organizations:

Latino Best Start
Binational Breastfeeding Coalition
Latina Breastfeeding Coalition
Latina Breastfeeding Leaders

Breastfeeding Resources for Hispanic Families

Native American Communities:

“Native American Women DO Breastfeed”, by Camie Jae Goldhammer
“Generational trauma among Native American cultures affects infant feeding”, Our Milky Way blog post
Historic Trauma is Affecting Tomorrow’s Children
Building a Breastfeeding Support Program within the Ho-Chunk Nation Community, USBC webinar

Native American Breastfeeding Organizations:

Potawatomi Tribe Breastfeeding Coalition
Native American Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington
Native Breastfeeding Coalition of Wisconsin
Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council
Oregon Inter-Tribal Breastfeeding Coalition
Native Mothering
Ho-Chunk Nation Breastfeeding Coalition
Navajo Nation Breastfeeding Coalition

Breastfeeding Resources for Native American Families

Racial Equity:


Color Brave not Color Blind
Community Engagement Matters (Now More Than Ever)
Cultural Humility and Pre-Health Professions Student
Diversity and Health Equity in the Maternal and Child Health Workforce: A Resource Guide to Key Strategies and Actions for MCH Training Programs
Diversity and Inclusion: Walking the Talk
Divided States of Bias
Dr. Robin DiAngelo discusses ‘White Fragility’
The Gardener’s Tale: An Allegory of Racism
When the Bough Breaks: Episode 2 of the 7-part documentary, “Unnatural Causes.” Available for free viewing through the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA).
Race- the power of an illusion
Race and Housing
Reproductive Justice: 101 Webinar
Seeing White
TED Talks: Social Justice Playlist
TED Talks: Difficult conversations
TED Talks: Dissecting cultures of hate
TED Talks: How do ideas travel
This is why we ROOTT (Restoring Our Own Through Transformation), by Jessica Roach


Between the World and Me
Collections of Dr. King’s Writings and Speeches
Racism Without Racists
The New Jim Crow
White Rage
White Fragility
Waking Up White
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race

Articles/Blog posts/Reports:

Maternal & Infant Mortality:

Black paper – Setting the standard of care of and for black women, by Black Mamas Matter Alliance
Health Equity“Why Naming ‘Race’ as the Factor Behind Black Women’s High Rates of Maternal Mortality is Counterproductive
“How Racism May Cause Black “Mothers to Suffer the Death of their Infants”
What is Reproductive Justice? Sister Song Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective
“Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis”
“What is Killing America’s Black Babies?”

“Boston. Racism. Image. Reality”
BSTARS and Beyond: How a Cultural Coalition Helped to Revitalize a State Coalition 
“The Case for Reparations”
“Chartbook: Racial and Ethnic Disparities in a Changing Kansas”
The Community in CHAMPS  (log in required)
“Cultural humility versus cultural competence: A critical distinction in defining physician training outcomes in multicultural education”
Decentering Whiteness
“Extensive Data Shows Punishing Reach of Racism for Black Boys”
“Kept Out: How Banks Block People of Color from Home Ownership”
Key Communication Strategies for Maternal and Child Health Organizations by Kimberly Seals Allers
“Levels of Racism: A Theoretic Framework and a Gardener’s Tale”
Perspectives from organizations involved in Reproductive Health and Justice
“The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: Racialized Social Democracy and the “White” Problem in American Studies”
“Poverty and Race through a Belongingness Lens”
“Proven Strategies for Addressing Unconscious Bias in the Workplace”
“Race v. Class”
Racial Reconciliation
The Role of Leadership in Advancing Equity (log in required)
Self Care for People of Color
“What is Health Equity: And How Does a Life-Course Approach Take Us Further Toward It?”
White Fragility
“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”
Why It’s Hard To Talk About Race to White People
Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism
“Why People of Color Need Spaces Without White People”


“The Consequences of Racism”
Code Switch
The Great White Panic

Additional resource lists:

Understanding and Dismantling Racism: A Booklist for White Readers
Waking up White Recommended Resources