Formula Crisis highlights barriers in Southern States
In this Facing South article you'll learn about:
- Infant formula crisis highlights breastfeeding barriers in Southern states. Experts say Medicaid should cover lactation consultants to reduce racial and geographic disparities.
- Black people have the lowest rates of breastfeeding initiation among all racial groups in the U.S., according to a 2015 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Southern states have a lower rate of breastfeeding than the nation as a whole. Sociocultural norms, concerns about milk supply, income, and lack of accurate information affect a person's decision to breastfeed. Better maternal health care could narrow the racial and geographic breastfeeding gaps.