Equity – Diversity – Inclusion
WHAT IS EQUITY?
Equity can be viewed as three interwoven components: a lens, a mirror, and an outcome.
- It is a lens through which we view the world to inform and guide the design of our strategies and activities to build a “landscape of breastfeeding support.”
- It is also a mirror through which we view ourselves and our organizations, examining our internal structures, culture, and policies and their impact on how the lens is applied and the outcome achieved.
- Lastly it is the outcome we seek to achieve, i.e., equity is realized when life outcomes are equal, in a statistical sense, regardless of one’s identities.
Equity work can take the form of actions designed to address historic burdens as well as to remove present day barriers to equal opportunities. It can be accomplished by identifying and eliminating systemic discriminatory policies and practices, but also by transforming structures towards access, justice, self-determination, redistribution, and sharing of power and resources. Above all, it requires an inclusive approach that maximizes engagement of the communities impacted.
From the United States Breastfeeding Committee’s website.
Find Kindred’s Black Mothers and Fathers Resources page.
Follow and connect with community-based organizations where you live, and help if you can:
- Find a Showing Up for Racial Justice chapter or affiliate group near you
- Support the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
- Get involved with Race Forward
- Learn how to stay engaged and connected from Beyond the Streets
- Connect with local, Tribal, territorial, state, and cultural breastfeeding coalitions
Allegories on race and racism, by Camara Jones, A TEDx Talk
How Racism Makes Us Sick, by David Williams, PhD
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, by Dr. Joy DeGruy
HEALING PRACTICES FOR WHITE PRIVILEGE AND RACISM
The Somatic Experience of White Privilege: A Dance/Movement Therapy Approach to Racialized Interactions
EQUITY AND WHITE SUPREMACY IN NONPROFIT CULTURE
White Women Doing White Supremacy in Nonprofit Culture. By Heather Laine Talley. Tzedek (pronounced “tz” as in ritz, TZEH-dek) is the Hebrew word meaning justice, which is at the heart of our mission.
Characteristics of White Supremacy in Nonprofit Culture and Corporate Organizations. From Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups, by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, ChangeWork, 2001.
NATIONAL LGBTQ SOCIAL JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONSN
- Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
- Black and Pink: LGBTQ HIV/Criminal Justice Working Group
- Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice
- National LGBTQ Task Force
- Movement Advancement Project
- National Black Justice Coalition
- National Council of Jewish Women
- Q Chat Space of CenterLink
- Trans Justice Funding Project
- Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund
EQUITY AND BREASTFEEDING
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a report titled “Racial Disparities in Breastfeeding Initiation and Duration Among U.S. Infants Born in 2015.” Published as part of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the report concludes that among infants who had initiated breastfeeding, differences between black infants and white infants in any and exclusive breastfeeding at ages 3 and 6 months were smaller but still present. The authors add that increasing rates of breastfeeding initiation and supporting continuation of breastfeeding among black women might help reduce disparities in breastfeeding duration. Strategies might include improving peer and family support, access to evidence-based maternity care, and employment support.
The following resources are provided courtesy of the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition.
Where’s the Mother? Stories from a Transgender Dad, by Trevor McDonald
Breastfeeding without Birthing, by Alyssa Schnell
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
LGTBQIA Resources, by Diana West
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 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)
- 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