Black mothers have the lowest rates of breastfeeding. Women of color, particularly black women, face steep challenges in many areas of life, including breastfeeding. Many women cite lack of education, high cost of nursing support personnel, minimal peer support, and community pressure to stop.
Though breastfeeding can be a challenge for many women, we need to work to make support and education available to all.
To celebrate black mothers breastfeeding, every day this week we will be featuring one of our members, to honor them and their breastfeeding relationship.
This is Kelly. Here's what Kelly has to say about her breastfeeding journey:
"I knew I wanted to breastfeed my son before he was even born. I knew that breastfeeding would increase my bond with my son, and it would also keep the oxytocin flowing, help me loose the baby weight and of course, save me money with not having to buy formula. I would like to say that all of these things happened and that nursing my son was a piece of cake. But it wasn’t. Although I stayed home with my son for nearly 8 months, I did eventually start to supplement some of his feedings with formula because I just couldn’t keep my production up as he grew. Fortunately, this gave my husband more of an opportunity to feed and bond with our son as well and that was really important to us both. I am proud to say that I nursed my son for nearly 10 months! There were some challenges, but I loved that I was able to nourish him just the same as I did when I carried him. Unfortunately, I stopped breastfeeding my son because he had several teeth and I wasn’t sure what to do about him biting me at the time. Today, I am much more educated on biting, weaning and breastfeeding in general and I pass along this knowledge to each of my doula clients who chooses to breastfeed."
We at Crunchy Mamas Worldwide are proud of Kelly for a wonderful 10 months of breastfeeding, and also proud of her for educating herself and others on breastfeeding and its challenges so that she can help others achieve their breastfeeding goals.
Help us raise the statistics! Visit www.normalizebreastfeeding.org and www.blackbreastfeedingweek.org.