College of Nursing Assistant Professor Dr. Tisha Felder and Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Joynelle Rivers will be giving a seminar titled, "Mocha Mamas Milk: Exploring African American Moms' Experiences with Feeding their New Babies." It will take place at 3:30 p.m. in Thomas Cooper Library, room 412.
In the United States and South Carolina, disparities in breastfeeding among African American women compared to other racial/ethnic women persist regardless of socioeconomic status. Widely recognized benefits of breastfeeding include mother-child bonding, protection against common infections in the infant, and reduced risk of certain health conditions in the mother. Specifically for African American women, there is growing evidence showing that breastfeeding can reduce their risk of developing negative receptor breast cancers. Compared to white women, African American women are more likely to be diagnosed with these cancers which contribute to their significantly higher breast cancer death rates, despite lower incidence. The Surgeon General and others have expressed an urgent need for more research on methods to promote breastfeeding among African American women, including methods that involve educating their partner and/or family members. Therefore, this mixed-methods study will explore the knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of pregnant African American women and their partner/family member toward breastfeeding and potential methods for promoting breastfeeding among this population. Findings from this study will inform the development and implementation of culturally-appropriate strategies for increasing breastfeeding among African American women.