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Philadelphia Black Birth Workers Look to Increase Breastfeeding Rates Among Black Women

Kimberly Paynter
Saleemah McNeil is the founder of the Oshun Family Center, which provides lactation education and support to Black mothers in Pennsylvania.

For at least the past decade, Black women have had some of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the United States. Racism in the medical system, inflexible return to work policies, and access to culturally competent care are just some of the barriers.

A network of Black birth workers in the Philadelphia area is working to change that. WHYY’s Sojourner Ahebee has more.

(Original air-date: 9/2/21)