The American Academy of Pediatrics states that “infant feeding should no longer be thought of as a lifestyle choice, but rather as a public health issue, because of all of the short and long term risk reductions to both mothers and infants.”
Memphis has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the country. We also have one of the highest rates of infant mortality, obesity, and even diabetes and asthma – conditions which are less likely to occur if mothers breastfeed.
At St. Andrew AME, the Robinsons have a ministry called “The Right Start” — a new program that trains “Milk Missionaries” to guide new and expectant mothers, to help them reach their breast-feeding goals.
Such public health matters are often thought of as government responsibilities. Does the faith community also have a responsibility when it comes to public health in general, and breastfeeding in particular?
What is your congregation doing about public health? Which faith-based public health ministries impress you?