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Natashia Conner, MS, IBCLC

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Perinatal 2017
  • Country: United States

Natashia Conner is a graduate in Health and a Lactation Consultant at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. She is a member of Black Breastfeeding Research, Education, Awareness, & Support Team, Southwest Ohio Breastfeeding Coalition, and Trinity Mother & Baby Outreach. She became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2015 and has worked with numerous mothers and infants supporting them on their breastfeeding journeys. As a graduate, she is heavily involved in research. Her research interests are: Investigations to improve infant mortality among minority and vulnerable population; Attest racial disparities to eliminate health care biases that systematically oppress breastfeeding equity. In the local community, she has volunteered and served as content expert for the Annual Black Family Reunion, NAACP Annual Conference, First Ladies Health Day. She is a breastfeeding advocate, peer, and a breastfeeding mother

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Timeline of African American Experience
During slavery, Black women were used as wet nurses. Black infants were often denied the benefits of breastfeeding. Forced care in the form of Mammy- Black nannies took the place of wet nurses. After the Civil War, infant formula became the norm. Following the Post-Civil War Act more attention has been given to Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome and its implication on poor health outcomes. In the U.S. SIDS is the leading contributing factors of infant mortality which is now 5.8 infant deaths per 1000 live births. Ohio is at 6.8/1000, and within Hamilton County 9.3/1000. Nationally Black babies are more likely to die before their first birthday. In Hamilton county Blacks represent 16.3% of infant death, while Whites represent 5.9%. The lack of breastfeeding is one of the leading risk factors associated with SIDS. Strategies for prevention include increasing culturally appropriate support, access to breastfeeding education, and addressing racism and inequity in health care.