Presenter: Tameka Jackson-Dyer, IBCLC, CHW
Description: “Based on a myriad of factors all stemming from systemic racism, people of color are far more likely to contract and die from COVID-19. These health inequities coupled with the disregard for families of color is a deadly combination. Families of color are disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For the Detroit community, the COVID-19 pandemic is revealing structural inequities that have long existed in America. In addition to experiencing the greatest number of deaths to COVID-19, Detroit area families also suffer from lack of access to health care during this time, including restrictions placed on birthing and breastfeeding parents. In Metro-Detroit, which accounts for 80% of Michigan’s COVID-19 confirmed cases, community organizations continue to provide breastfeeding education and skilled birth and lactation support for families in this crucial time. This presentation will describe different strategies for providing accessible lactation education and support in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Especially in communities of color, the life-saving benefits of human milk are crucial to the welfare of the community during this ongoing health emergency. “