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Research Topic: Breastfeeding as a Protective Factor for African American Women
African American/Black families in the US suffer a pervasive burden of maternal and child health inequities. The postpartum period is a critical transition period when exposures to protective factors such as breastfeeding can have long lasting effects on the health of mothers, children, and future generations. This research will expand the knowledge of protective factors that build resilience and resistance to disease. Breastfeeding’s potential to intervene in the chronic stress pathway can improve the trajectory of health for future generations, and reduce population gaps in health, especially for African American families.