It may be Monday, but this Monday, we’ve all got something to be excited about. It’s
BLACK BREASTFEEDING WEEK!!!
Black Breastfeeding Week, founded by three women, Kimberly, Kiddada, and Anayah, was created because, per their site, “for over 40 years there has been a gaping racial disparity in breastfeeding rates.” By now, you’ve already read about my advocacy for Black mothers and babies and supporting them on their breastfeeding journeys. You’ve probably also checked out my breastfeeding tips. So, I asked my real life friends, dope-ass, bad-ass mommies, so what is breastfeeding really like? You can read about breastfeeding in a book, you can take a class, you can talk to a lactation consultant, but there is nothing like first hand testimony from mothers who have actually been about that life!
These three women have been some of my closest friends for the past thirteen years. Read their stories and then please leave a comment with your own story! I will be choosing a few to share~
-Real Moms Share Their Stories-
“No one told me how much time and effort it takes to breastfeed. Even with all the research I did during my pregnancy, I had no idea that breastfeeding would be a second job.One thing that made breastfeeding more manageable for me was realizing the cost of purchasing store-bought milk. Even after splurging on the latest and greatest Medela pump, pumping my own milk was still cheaper than buying store-bought milk. Due to breastfeeding, I saved hundreds [of dollars] and ultimately it was best for my baby and me.Breastfeeding is one of my best parenting decisions thus far. Breastfeeding allowed me the opportunity to learn new things about my baby and myself.”
“My first child did not cluster feed. It was super hard to get him to wake up to eat and latch. It was frustrating and upsetting to say the least, but because he didn’t cluster feed I had no idea what it really was. Boy did I find out with my second child! The lack of sleep was rough and I thought for sure my breasts were going to pop off and walk away. They were big, sore, and uneven. I was not ready for that at all.The biggest, most helpful thing I ever learned was feeding while laying down. A lot of people say “you aren’t supposed to sleep with the baby in the bed” (read with as much sarcasm that you can muster), but it was a lifesaver! I just roll my baby to her side, pop it out and boom we are good to go! Of course you know your sleeping habits and if you are a wild sleeper this isn’t for you; but for me and my babies, bed sharing and breastfeeding go hand in hand.I am very happy that I chose to breastfeed. It has helped create a bond between me and my babies that I am very thankful for, amongst many other benefits. Of course there are times when it is beyond annoying and burdensome. Like when they only want me when they are/were fussy or I can’t go anywhere alone without extensive preparation and effort. But at the end of the day it ain’t always about me. So I choose to breastfeed as long as I can and when I can’t do it anymore (physically and/or mentally), I know that I worked hard to do what is best for both me and my babies.”
“The thing no one told me about breastfeeding was actually how much easier it makes your life…no pumps to clean, no bottles to wash, always warm ready, keeps the babies super healthy through the exchange system and how much more sleep I would get at night by (safe) co-sleeping and nursing inthe side-lying position.I needed the lactation consultant’s support with the latch for my first baby-lifesaver! Once I figured out the proper latch with each kidit was smooth sailing.I do not regret breastfeeding whatsoever! I nursed my daughter for 18 months and will probably nurse my son a full two years since we have discovered some food allergies and we won’t do dairy at all.”
And just for fun…
Hol’ Up, They Said WHAT?!
|video obtained from Youtube.com and belongs to FreeToBreastfeed|
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