Through Mrs. In she was among 15 national leaders selected to participate in a 2 year cohort studying racial equity at the Center for Social Inclusion. She and her husband of 18 years have two pre-teen children, Sequoia and Aldous II. She is an advocate who is committed to promoting wellness, good health and nutrition in the community in which she lives and serves.
All A-Z health topics. View all pages in this section. Science has proven that babies who are fed colostrum develop the antibodies to fight against many infectious diseases. New moms get a lot of baby advice. Although people usually mean well, not all of their advice is based on fact.
Black infants in the city are twice as likely to die as white infants. They are more likely to have a lower birth rate, and they are more likely die of a sleep disorder that can be prevented. This trend is not unique to Philadelphia — infant mortality rates among African-Americans are notably higher nationwide. The reasons for these disparities have been the subject of much scientific research and debate. While earlier theories suggested it had to do with education levels and poverty among African-American women, recent studies found that black women are more likely to have preterm babies regardless of their educational attainment.
Since , the World Health Organization recommends lifelong antiretroviral treatment for all women living with HIV, and exclusive breastfeeding for six-months followed by breastfeeding until months for all HIV positive mothers. Nevertheless, many mothers living with HIV do not initiate breastfeeding or stop prematurely, and many countries are still in the process of updating their national infant feeding guidelines to align with World Health Organization recommendations. We sought to understand uptake of breastfeeding and factors that influence decision-making regarding infant feeding in women living with and without HIV who receive ante- and postnatal care at a primary healthcare setting. Programmatic data on infant feeding intentions and practices among women attending an ante-and postnatal clinic service at a primary care clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa were summarized using descriptive statistics.