Disparities seen in breastfeeding

Wednesday, 17 May 2023

Black women and birthing people have the lowest rate of breastfeeding in the United States than in regions of Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. There is a stereotypical belief among healthcare workers that Black women do not want to breastfeed, with an ensuing lackluster attempt to support them in their feeding choices and remove barriers to ensure success. Let's have a candid conversation and change the narrative.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the historical trauma of breastfeeding while Black in the United States.
  • Identify birthing disparities that contribute to breastfeeding.
  • Discuss self-reflection as a mechanism for healthcare employees to be part of the solution.


Event details

Date           17 May 2023

Duration    1 hour

Time          20:00 – 21:00 Central European Time (13:00 – 14:00 Central Standard Time)



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Rose L. Horton, MSM, RNC-OB, NEA-BC, FAAN

Rose L. Horton, MSM, RNC-OB, NEA-BC, FAAN is the Founder & CEO of NotOnMyWatch Consulting Partners, an LLC she created 3 years after coining the hashtag #notonmywatch. She created the hashtag out of her frustration at the rising rate of maternal & infant morbidity and mortality. As a nurse, she believed that nurses, as the largest healthcare employee contingent, have the power to change the trajectory of morbidity and mortality. The hashtag is a call to action for all nurses to use their collective voices to support, listen to, advocate for, and follow evidence-based practices in caring for all birthing people.

Rose is a Women & Infant healthcare executive leader working as a Specialty Director at Emory Decatur Hospital. She is passionate about safe and equitable care for all women. Rose speaks on the topic of Maternal & Infant Mortality, Resilience, Joy diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) locally, regionally, and nationally. She is leading a DEI Health & Wellness committee at her hospital.

Rose served as the 2012 President of the Association of Women’s Health Obstetrics & Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN), a 25,000-nurse member association that is pivotal in creating, supporting, legislating, and researching best practices and evidence-based care of women and newborns.