BreastfeedLA – The Asian Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Task Force

BreastfeedLA – The Asian Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Task Force

The Asian Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Task Force is an organization that is composed of concerned community members, health care professionals, the local health department and the local breastfeeding coalition. Through community leadership and engagement, the goal of the Task Force is to normalize breast/chestfeeding and identify barriers to breast/chestfeeding faced

BreastfeedLA – The Asian Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Task Force

The Asian Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Task Force is an organization that is composed of concerned community members, health care professionals, the local health department and the local breastfeeding coalition. Through community leadership and engagement, the goal of the Task Force is to normalize breast/chestfeeding and identify barriers to breast/chestfeeding faced by Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) families and create and implement strategies for overcoming them. The Task Force is a volunteer-run organization. Meetings are convened by volunteer leadership and facilitated by members of the community.

About the Organization:

The Asian Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Task Force is an organization that is composed of concerned community members, health care professionals, the local health department and the local breastfeeding coalition. Through community leadership and engagement, the goal of the Task Force is to normalize breast/chestfeeding and identify barriers to breast/chestfeeding faced by Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) families and create and implement strategies for overcoming them. The Task Force is a volunteer-run organization. Meetings are convened by volunteer leadership and facilitated by members of the community.

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

26-30 YEARS

The Issue:

Exclusive breast/chestfeeding is the gold standard of infant feeding and has far reaching health benefits for infants, lactating individuals and the community. Increasing breastfeeding rates is therefore a major public health strategy for protecting and improving health and reducing health disparities. Sadly, in Los Angeles County, the AANHPI community has the lowest exclusive rates of any race/ethnicity at 57.2% compared with 78.2% for whites. In contrast, “Any breastfeeding” rates are well over 90% indicating that families intended to breastfeed but something happened at the hospital to prevent them from continuing to exclusively breastfeed. In order for a baby to be exclusively breastfed for six months, one must overcome a system of structural barriers that leave certain groups, particularly people of color, with less support to truly make this choice. Overlapping structural inequities in income, healthcare, and available resources in ones’ community lead to poor feeding outcomes.

The Solution:

To normalize breast/chestfeeding in the AANHPI community, we would like to expand our photo/video project to include photos of AANHPI families breast/chestfeeding. We would like to show the world that AANHPI families DO breast/chestfeed. In an effort to expand the lactation workforce to include more AANHPI, we plan to provide lactation education scholarships to AANHPI people. To provide support to families, we propose creating culturally specific lactation support groups. To continue to grow the Task Force, we will dedicate funding to a program coordinator who would be paid to run the Task Force, facilitate meetings, maintain a social media presence, coordinate resources and create a monthly newsletter. We would like to pay community members for their time when attending meetings and doing work for the Task Force. Finally, we would like to do a landscape analysis of lactation resources for AANHPI families in California and nationwide and create a database.

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