Breastfeeding Initiatives in Kansas

The Heart of Our Movement

Equity is an essential aspect of our breastfeeding initiatives in Kansas.

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition is committed to addressing the disparities in breastfeeding. With that goal in mind, the KBC strives to use an “equity lens” to inform and guide our external work and also an “equity mirror” to examine our internal structures, culture, and policies. 

Issues of race, gender, and geographic location affect all aspects of breastfeeding because breastfeeding families come from every background.

The KBC and our members are always learning how we can better improve access to resources and bolster community support for diverse families. We invite you to join us on this journey.

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Women stop or avoid breastfeeding due to inequalities.

Whether the reasons are medical, cultural, psychological, or monetary, the reasons that parents stop or avoid breastfeeding their children are avoidable.

With proper resources, support, and education, we can increase the number of mother’s breastfeeding with our equity-informed breastfeeding initiatives in Kansas.

We work at both the personal and systemic level to support breastfeeding parents from all backgrounds through advocacy and community building.

Resources for breastfeeding initiatives in Kansas

Breastfeeding and race
Black breastfeeding organizations and resources

Organizations

Black Breastfeeding Week

Black Mamas Matter Alliance

Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association

Black Women Do Breastfeed

Breastfeeding Sisters That Are Receiving Support (BSTARS) (log in required)

Breastfeeding Support Group for Black Moms (Facebook)

Mo/Kan Black Breastfeeding Coalition

National Association of Peer & Professional Lactation Supporter of Color

Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE)

Resources

Hispanic breastfeeding organizations and resources

Latino Best Start

Binational Breastfeeding Coalition

Latina Breastfeeding Coalition

Latina Breastfeeding Leaders

Resources

Lactation in Latino Communities: Identity and Traditions in Maternal Child Health (5/28/21) by Paulina Erices hosted by KS WIC

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

Indigenous Peoples breastfeeding organizations and resources

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

Resources

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

LGBTQIA+ Breast/Chestfeeding organizations and resources

ABM Clinical Protocol #33: Lactation Care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Plus Patients

Birthing and Breast or Chestfeeding Trans People and Allies, Facebook Group

Induced Lactation Protocols

Lactation Care for Transgender and Nonbinary Patients: Empowering Clients and Avoiding Aversives, Trevor Kirczenow MacDonald

Lactation Support and the LGBTQI Community

Queering Lactation: Contributions of Queer Theory to Lactation Support for LQBTQIAA+ Individuals and Families

Ten Strategies for Supporting LGTBQIA Families

Transgender parents and chest/breastfeeding, by Trevor McDonald

Transwomen and Breastfeeding: A Personal Interview

Tips for Transgender Breastfeeding and their Lactation Educators, by Trevor McDonald

Words Matter: Providing Breast-Chest-Bodyfeeding Support to LGBTQIA2S+ Families

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We regularly advocate for necessary breastfeeding support in Kansas. Join us in breaking down barriers to breastfeeding!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is equity important in conversations about breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding parents come from all racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. Many parents are also part of the LGBTQIA+ population. All families deserve to receive culturally congruent breastfeeding support.

What is the importance of breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding is important for both children and their parents. Not only is breast milk uniquely designed for infants and toddlers, but breastfeeding is also shown to prevent certain illnesses in both the mother and child.

How does KBC support equity?

Through our breastfeeding initiatives in Kansas, we support families of all backgrounds in getting access to the resources and support they need to provide for their families.