The First HBCU to Establish a Lactation Consultant Training Program


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The Metropolitan College of Professional Studies at historically Black Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina has established the Lactation Consultant Training Program. The program aims to increase the number of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) of color. In North Carolina, it is estimated that less than 5 percent of IBCLCs are Black. Additionally, North Carolina has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country, with Black infants dying at twice the rate of non-Hispanic White infants. Breastfeeding has been identified as protecting again...