There are tons of myths attached to breastfeeding and although the Center for Disease Control recently revealed that breastfeeding rates are on an upward climb, there are still many who remain in the dark on the subject. The CDC reported that 55% of African American mothers breastfeed, which is a 35% increase from the 1970’s.
“Despite these increases, many mothers who want to breastfeed are still not getting the support they need from hospitals, doctors, or employers. We must redouble our efforts to support mothers who want to breastfeed,” said Tom Freiden, CDC Director.
U.S. Surgeon General, Regina Benjamin had adopted the cause as well, expressing that spreading awareness among the African American community will increase the number of mothers who desire to breastfeed.
“By raising awareness, the success rate among mothers who want to breastfeed can be greatly improved through active support from their families, their friends and the community,” Benjamin said in a press release issued by the Department of Health and Human Services regarding the agency’s new breastfeeding initiatives.
The newly introduced initiative comes in the form of a multimedia, public education campaign titled It’s Only Natural. The first video to be release by the campaign, Uncovering Breastfeeding Misconceptions, does exactly that. The video depicts multiple women of color discussing common myths surrounding breastfeeding.
“There’s a myth that it will impact the shape and size of your breast, when in fact, that’s more due to nature, gravity, heredity and other things. Breastfeeding doesn’t really impact the shape and size of your breast,” said breastfeeding educator, Jamilah Ellis during the three minute video.
She went on to say that many women have revealed that their partner was not in support of breastfeeding.
“The one thing I heard a lot from some of the moms in the community is that their partner didn’t want them to breastfeed because they wanted the breast back and it kind of has to do with the over sexualization of the breast in American culture.”
Check out the educational video below. What are some of the myths you’ve heard about nursing?