Then, as of today, the CDC has released the news about breastfeeding rates, and sadly, the news is not great. Blacktating posted about it, calling particular attention to the drop in breastfeeding initiation rates among African American women. As she writes:
According to this report, black breastfeeding initiation rates actually went down from about 60% to about 54% since the CDC's Breastfeeding Report Card came out in 2009, which was based on data collected in 2006. In fact, everyone's rates appear to have taken a hit, with white women's breastfeeding rates going from 78% initiation in 2006 to about 74% and Hispanic women's rates dropping from 82% to 80%.It's disheartening, to say the least. More incredible new research is coming out practically every day about the essential biological miracle that is breastfeeding, and information seems to be more available than ever before.
So surgical birth continues its rise, and breastfeeding, after going up for a while, actually loses ground.
Just keep swimming, just keep swimming . . .
Personal note: With all this in the news, if I didn't have tons going on in the actual material world, I'd be posting about it all daily. But in addition to being involved with planning a birth film series, sponsoring a doula training, preparing for a second birthday party, taking care of a client with twins and prepping to attend a birth in April, I'm also applying for a scholarship to go ahead and get certified in Childbirth Education! *fanfare* (YES, I do want to get certified in everything - becoming a lactation educator and even a placenta encapsulator are both on the future roster as well. I'm addicted. It's becoming a bit of a problem.)
I'm really looking forward teaching classes, and other related, fantastic opportunities are coming together as well. More info to come on the film series and the doula training!