NYC Health Department holds breastfeeding awareness walk
Mothers and supporters walked together on Thursday to encourage leaders to provide better support to Black mothers seeking to breastfeed.
Health officials say that Black women face more barriers to breastfeeding, such as being offered formula at a disproportional rate to women of other races in hospitals. Supporters who walked today are calling on officials to provide more resources for Black mothers to have access to what they need for breastfeeding.
The Health Department says it is actively working with employers to create environments supportive to mothers breastfeeding, which led to the creation of the Baby Café.
The Baby Café, which is offered by the Health Department, is a support group for new and pregnant mothers to support each other and learn about breastfeeding.