Organization of black doctors seeks to educate its membership and encourage moms about the importance of baby’s first food
A mother’s milk is nature’s best food, yet too many black moms don’t breastfeed their babies long enough—or at all. With this disparity in mind, the National Medical Association‘s (NMA) obstetrics and gynecology section has included a breastfeeding summit as part of its programming at the organization’s annual convention in Honolulu next week. The schedule includes:
A hands-on skills session (August 2)
An August 4 plenary session, “Reclaiming an African-American Tradition: Improving the Health of a Nation,” featuring former U.S. Surgeons General Regina Benjamin, M.D., and David Satcher, M.D.; W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Gail Christopher, M.D.; professor Michal Young, M.D.; Eric Walsh, M.D., of the Pasadena Health Department; and Kim Bugg, president and CEO of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere.
The breastfeeding content is the latest in the NMA’s focus on informing moms about the importance of a baby’s first food. It established the Breastfeeding Alliance earlier this year to educate physicians about the importance of breastfeeding and encourage them to start the dialogue about the practice with new moms.