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The Black Woman's Guide to Breastfeeding: The Definitive Guide to Nursing for African American Mothers [Paperback]

Katherine Barber


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Feb. 2 2011
This timely, up-to-date guide addresses the unique economic and social issues of black women while showing them why and how to breastfeed their children.

African American infants are twice as likely to die before their first birthdays as white infants, have the highest rate of asthma of any race and have a 35 percent higher prevalence of childhood obesity than white children. African American women are 2.2 times more likely to die from breast cancer and 30 percent more likely to die from ovarian cancer than white women.

All of these health crises can be remedied to some degree with breastfeeding, but virtually all breastfeeding literature on the market fails to speak to the financial, educational and cultural realities of many African American women. The Black Woman's Guide to Breastfeeding addresses the importance of breastfeeding in the African American community and provides all the practical advice African American mothers need to succeed at breastfeeding.

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Katherine Barber is the founder and executive director of the African American Breastfeeding Alliance and a sought-after speaker. She regularly travels across the country to conduct workshops and lecture about breastfeeding and African American women. She was a consultant for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, and a Certified Lactation Educator and Counselor. She lives in Joppa, Maryland.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Definitive Resource July 12 2006
By L. J. Sherrod - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This "must-have" manual for anyone considering or committed to breastfeeding is recommended for mothers, friends and family members, and community organizations, hospitals, and government agencies who interact with pregnant women and new moms. Well written and easy to understand, Ms. Barber's book is a culturally relevant how-to guide that offers information, resources, and encouragement to do one of the most natural, nurturing acts between a mother and her child. Far from preachy or pushy, Ms. Barber gently gives useful tips, real-life scenarios, and even a history about breastfeeding, particularly in the African-American community. A great baby shower present!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great resource! March 28 2011
By Keleigh Crigler Hadley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When writing my book,[...] I was dismayed to see how few books there were that addressed issues Black women face when breastfeeding. There is overwhelming evidence that shows the lack of support Black women receive when it to breastfeeding. Ms. Barber's guide is timely, effective, and most of all tailored to meet the needs of the African-American community.

Keleigh Crigler Hadley
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely vital perspective June 16 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Finally...it is about time someone wrote about breastfeeding in a way that attempts to support black women especially. Every group has its own challenges when it comes to breastfeeding. We all need to hear messages of support that are made to help us face the specific issues that arise in our communities and our families. To the reviewer that gave this book a poor review without even reading it, please go elsewhere and spend your time on something else.
4.0 out of 5 stars A great resource for women of color Sept. 5 2012
By Biany Perez - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I recommend this book for first time moms of color. It has been a great resource to me and my family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super July 19 2008
By M. Ford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
SUPER FAST service great book to read. I like that it is geared towards black women. Thanks

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