[email protected] education after your baby is born is an important part of the childbirth process. Some women choose not to do it, but other women want to and just don’t have the information that they need. Many are not sure how to do it and are afraid to do something wrong. This is where the hospital staff should be coming in and helping women who are unsure of what to do. However the CDC conducted a study and found that there were quite a few hospitals that are in areas that are made up mostly of minority patients were not following a certain protocol that deals with [email protected] education.
The CDC has guidelines that are called the Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC). During a survey of these guidelines in 2011 the CDC found that many hospitals that served black communities were failing to fall within the guidelines that are set to educate mothers on [email protected] within an hour of the child being born and to help them initiate it within that hour. As a result surveys have shown that only 62% of black babies are [email protected] as opposed to 79% of white babies.
The CDC also found that in cities that had a 12.2% black population or higher were the most likely not to educate women after they have had their babies. The study showed that these hospitals were failing to initiate [email protected] within an hour after the child was born (46% of hospitals that served the black communities), limiting infant food to [email protected] only if the mother is [email protected] (13.1%), and having the infants stay in the room with the mother after they are born (27.7%). Less black women are [email protected] once they have left the hospital as well.
There are a few reasons that black women have lower [email protected] rates than white women. There is very little marketing for items such as nursing pads or pumps that show minority women. There is also a stigma that [email protected] is for poor people which shames many women out of doing it. Then there are the hospitals that are not educating and helping these women as they should while they are there. The actions of the hospitals have a huge effect of how well a mother is able to feed later down the road.