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Ayanna Robinson, MPH, PhD

Founder, Black Girls Breastfeeding Club

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Ayanna Robinson, MPH, PhD

Founder, Black Girls Breastfeeding Club

Dr. Ayanna Robinson is a public health professional experienced in research and program evaluation. She received her Ph.D. in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia, along with and a Certificate in Interdisciplinary Qualitative Research Studies. At the University of Georgia, she received several awards, including the Feldman Health Disparities Award and the Macagnoni Qualitive Research Studies award. Dr. Robinson holds a B.S. in Biology from Spelman College and a Master of Public Health from Morehouse School of Medicine. She is a 2020 recipient of the Top 10 Under 40 Award from Morehouse School of Medicine for her work addressing health equity. 

Ayanna is passionate about decreasing breastfeeding disparities and improving the maternal health outcomes of Black mothers.  Her research on Black mothers and breastfeeding, grounded in Black Feminist Thought, has been published in the Journal of Human Lactation, Digital Health, and featured on Baby Center. 


Why We Exist

Breast milk is the recommended source for infant nutrition, as stated by the World Health Organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and other national and international health organizations. Breastfeeding rates continue to rise among African American mothers. However, disparities in breastfeeding outcomes still exist. At the same time, breastfeeding protects against many illnesses and chronic diseases that African Americans are disproportionately affected by, including SIDS, heart disease, diabetes, childhood obesity, asthma, breast and ovarian cancers, and more.


Breastfeeding initiation and duration are influenced by factors at the individual, interpersonal, and community levels, as well as factors like cultural and societal norms and policies. Increasing breastfeeding rates among African American women therefore requires education, support, and policies that address the needs of breastfeeding women at each level within a social-ecological model. Ultimately, increasing breastfeeding rates among African American mothers can improve the health outcomes for Black mothers and their children.


Black Girls' Breastfeeding Club, LLC. was founded by a mother and public health scientist. We promote breastfeeding and informed infant feeding decisions among Black women and families through research, education, resources and by centering the breastfeeding experiences of Black mothers.



I. Provide culturally relevant breastfeeding information, resources, and tools to Black women, girls, and families.

Providing breastfeeding information to Black women and girls helps to improve breastfeeding attitudes. Positive breastfeeding attitudes can, in turn, increase the likelihood that mothers will breastfeed in the future. Through education, we also seek to explore historical and social factors that influence breastfeeding decisions among Black women, unpacking imagery and narratives applied to Black women and giving voice to narratives that counter stereotypes. 


Furthermore, since decisions about breastfeeding are often made during the early stages of pregnancy and before pregnancy, it is important to educate African American girls and all women of childbearing age on the importance of breastfeeding.

II. Promote positive cultural breastfeeding norms among Black women, girls, and families.

Women are more likely to breastfeed when they know other women who breastfeed. Through our online platform, social media platform, and community events, we uplift and highlight the experiences of African American breastfeeding mothers. It is our hope that in providing spaces for breastfeeding mothers of diverse identities to share their journeys, we can inspire future generations of breastfeeding mothers. 

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