Sunshine Muse is a health disparities consultant contributing to the field of maternal and infant health by shifting paradigms and experiences to help create a world where healthcare is more effective and history is not forgotten. She serves the NM Breastfeeding Task Force and Centering Healthcare institute and is a proud and courageous member of Echoing Ida, a black women's writers’ collective that walks in the footsteps of writer Ida B. Wells. To learn more about Ms. Muse’s work, visit sunnymuse.com
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August 1, 2017
This piece is published in partnership with Echoing Ida, a Forward Together Program. Current data indicates that black women have the lowest rates of breastfeeding in the US. There are many reasons for this, including lack of access to resources, substandard healthcare, personal choice and historical trauma. But what is not true however, are popular myths that black women do not know how to breastfeed, have not been exposed to breastfeeding or do not value it for our children. As an African American health disparities professional who works to improve infant and maternal health outcomes, I...