By South OB Girl
San Diego based photographer Vanessa Simmons has attracted quite a bit of attention nation wide with her “Normalize Breastfeeding Tour.” She has previously been featured in Vogue, The Huffington Post, and here at The OB Rag/San Diego Free Press.
Vanessa started Normalize Breastfeeding in 2014 – a project intended to bring awareness to breast-feeding through photography.
And August is National Breastfeeding Month (which many of us may not have known). And August 25 – 31st is Black Breastfeeding Week.
Black Breastfeeding Week (BBW) was created because for over 40 years there has been a gaping racial disparity in breastfeeding rates. The most recent CDC data show that 75% of white women have ever breastfed versus 58.9% of black women.
BBW is intended to focus on the racial disparity and draw attention to the issue. Here are the top 5 reasons behind BBW :