Learning Resources

MIBFN board, staff, and projects team members are all working to increase our understanding of our bias and privilege, awareness of root causes of inequity in breastfeeding, and ability to practice cultural humility. As we grow, our learning will become more intersectional, and so will the list of resources that are informing our efforts. If you feel inspired to lend your insights on these or additional resources, please email hello@mibreastfeeding.org.

Disclaimer: Inclusion of a link or resource does not constitute an endorsement, nor does the absence of a link represent rejection of content. 


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Conferences and Workshops

Black Maternal Health Conference

Doing Our Own Work by Allies for Change

Heart Soul Birth Pros Birth Doula Workshop

The Melanated Birth Workshop + Challenge

White Woman School by Mothering Justice

April 11-17, 2020: Black Maternal Health Week 2020 hosted by Black Mamas Matter Alliance

May 13-15, 2020: The 2nd Annual Motown Experience: Birth and Breastfeeding Conference

June 12-13, 2020: USBC National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening

June 30-July 2, 2020: Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE): Virtual ROSE Summit 2020

July 20, 2020 (7-8 pm EST): Ibram X. Kendi on “How to Be an Antiracist” 

Workbooks and Challenges

March 2-30: YWCA 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge

White Ally Toolkit Workbook

Live Webinars

Mama Talk Webinar by SisterSong

USBC Collective Impact Webinar Series

USBC Racial Equity Webinar Series

Recorded Webinars

Community Engagement Matters (Now More Than Ever)

Diversity and Health Equity in the Maternal and Child Health Workforce: A Resource Guide to Key Strategies and Actions for MCH Training Programs

Divided States of Bias

Diversity and Inclusion: Walking the Talk

Healing Justice, Episode 14 with Kelly Germaine & Jardana Peacock

How to Overcome our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them

Light in the Shadows

Psychological Aspects of Cultural Differences

Race – the Power of an Illusion

Reproductive Justice: 101 Webinar

Seeing White

Showing Up for Racial Justice

Systems Change with an Equity Lens: Community Interventions that Shift Power and Center Race

TED Talks: Social Justice Playlist

TED Talks: Difficult conversations

TED Talks: Dissecting cultures of hate

TED Talks: How do ideas travel

TED Talks: Allegories on race and racism

TED Talks: Color Blind or Color Brave

This is Why We ROOTT | Jessica Roach

Books & Articles

8 Steps Toward Building Indispensability (Instead of Disposability) Culture

A Black Women’s History of the United States

An Open Letter to the Racists Who Cried White Tears Over the Honey Pot

Awake, to Work, to Woke: Building a Race Equity Culture

Battling Over Birth: Black Women and the Maternal Health Care Crisis

Black Breastfeeding after a History of Trauma

Black Mamas Matter Alliance: Black paper – Setting the Standard of Care of and for Black Women

Black Women Are Breastfeeding Less Than Any Other Group, But Why? A Pediatrician Weighs In

Black women often face an uphill climb with breastfeeding. Here’s how four moms are coping.

Breastfeeding gap widens between black and white U.S. babies

Breastfeeding While Black Comes With Many Challenges, & Too Little Support

Bypassing the White Spiritual Bypass

Compassionate Warrior Bootcamp for White Allies

Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class, and Sustainability

Dismantling Racism – a Workbook for Social Change: How White Supremacy Shows Up In Non-Profits

Decentering Whiteness

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower


From Breastfeeding To Beyoncé, ‘Skimmed’ Tells A New Story About Black Motherhood

From White Racist to Anti Racist

Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE)

Health Equity

How to Survive The End of the World, The Apocalypse We Live In: State Violence and Repression

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Built for Whiteness

Is Slavery Why Black Women Aren’t Breastfeeding?

Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty

Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present


My Grandmother’s Hands

No Monster Will Keep You Safe at Night

Postpartum Healing Lodge Recipes

Racial disparities persist for breastfeeding moms. Here’s why.

Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life

Racial Reconciliation

Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America

Removing Barriers to Breastfeeding: A Structural Race Analysis of First Food

Self-Care for People of Color

Setting the Standard of Care of and for Black Women

Sister Song Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective: What is Reproductive Justice?

Skimmed: Breastfeeding, Race, and Injustice by Andrea Freeman

So You Want to Talk About Race: Ijeoma Oluo

The Big Letdown: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding

The Challenges of Breastfeeding as a Black Person

The Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture: From Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups

The Sugarcoated Language Of White Fragility

Understanding and Dismantling Racism: A Booklist for White Readers

What It’s Like to Be a Midwife or Doula Fighting Black Maternal Mortality

Why Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Matter for Nonprofits

White Fragility

White Noise Collective

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

Why It’s Hard To Talk About Race to White People

Why It’s So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism

White Womanhood Resources

Women from ethnic minorities face endemic structural racism when seeking and accessing healthcare

Women, Race, and Class


Birth Kweens, Reducing Racial Disparities & Improving Outcomes for Black Birthing People and Birth Workers with Sabia Wade

Birth Story Podcast, Black Maternal Health

Birth While Black

Center for Indigenous Midwifery Zoomcast

Seeing White

Speaking of Racism

The Code Switch Podcast, Episode 1: Can We Talk About Whiteness?

The Daily, A Life-or-Death Crisis for Black Mothers

The Stakes Podcast, Giving Birth While Black


Chocolate Milk: The Documentary Series

Explained, The Racial Wealth Gap

Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea

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