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Cultural, Economic, Historical Factors Drive Black Breast-Feeding Gap

Research strongly suggests a correlation between breast-feeding and lower rates of certain diseases and mortality for both infants and mothers, said Melissa Bartick, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School who studies racial disparities in breast-feeding.

“A lot of pediatric infectious disease, gastroenteritis, ear infections, that [evidence] is very, very strong,” she said.

Tahwii Spicer is all about being natural. With the help of a midwife, she had an unmedicated home birth with her son Reece, now almost 2 years old, and said almost as soon as he was born, he army-crawled up her body to start feeding. “He was so ravenous!” she said.

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