Black Breastfeeding Week
In case you weren't aware, Black Breastfeeding Week is THIS week. August 25th-31st.
The entire month of August is dedicated to World Breastfeeding Month. Of course, our favorite month of the year ;) This month we get to celebrate all the breastfeeding moms and their hard work.
After realizing that Breastfeeding Month didn't really touch on the specific issues that black breastfeeding moms encounter, three moms decided to take matters into their own hands and create their own week, Black Breastfeeding Week.
Co-founder Anayah Sangodele-Ayoka told The Huffington Post that she and her co-founders Kimberley Seals Allers and Kiddada Green created the week as a way to promote breastfeeding and let black moms know they’re not alone.
“World Breastfeeding Week is typically at the beginning of National Breastfeeding Month [which] had already existed for a few years to be the entirety of the month,” Sangodele-Ayoka told The Huffington Post. “So we said, ‘You know what, we don’t need anybody’s permission. We’re just going to take the final week and let everybody know now that’s Black Breastfeeding Week and go from there.’ And that’s how it happened.”
How amazing this this???
Since it’s throwback Thursday and all. . This image one of the first ones of me breastfeeding that I decided to share was taken rather late in my breastfeeding journey. I didn’t feel comfortable in the beginning sharing. Or even capturing them myself. I was mostly worried about my husband. His whole family is Muslim and once upon a time he was studying to be an Imam (Muslim spiritual leader) . When I told my husband how important it was for me to make sure brown worked knew we too are part of the conversation. He looked at me like I was crazy, “what was the big deal?People see you feeding everywhere. The internet is no different” 💛💛 . Capturing these moments of us. Gives me so much joy. And too the men (and women) who think women should leave something to the imagination. I’ve got news for you honey, your imagination couldn’t contain my magic clothes or unclothed. . Oh and to the men that are going to side into my DMs asking for breast milk photos. This liquid gold ain’t for you honey. . . . . . #worldbreastfeedingweek #breastfeed #breastfeedwithoutfear #worldbreastfeedingweek2018 #blackwomendobreastfeed #breastfedbaby #breastfedtoddler #normalizebreastfeeding #blackbreastfeedingweek #breastfeeding
The need for Black Breastfeeding Week is real, because for years it's been shown that black women are less likely to initiate breastfeeding than other races. From 2000 to 2008, only 58.9 percent of black women initiated breastfeeding compared to the 75.2 percent of white women and 80 percent of Hispanics, according to the latest data from the CDC. As Black Breastfeeding Week notes on its site, there’s also some suggestion that increased breastfeeding could help lower infant mortality rates.
“We noticed that as breastfeeding promotion increased, the face of it was still very white and every year we’re still having more research come out showing that there’s a disparity in support for breastfeeding for black women,” Sangodele-Ayoka said. The CDC suggested in 2013 that black moms may need more targeted and direct support so that they can not only initiate but also continue breastfeeding.
“What we really found was that for black women, in particular, peer support models tend to be a lot more effective when there’s a sort of affinity culturally, racially between people there tends to be better support for breastfeeding,” explained Sangodele-Ayoka to The Huffington Post.
For those reasons, Black Breastfeeding Week is all about encouraging black women to keep breastfeeding, connect with other breastfeeding moms, post breastfeeding selfies and more.
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“This is a week to discuss the lack of diversity among lactation consultants and to change our narrative,” says Seals Allers. “A time to highlight, celebrate and showcase the breastfeeding champions in our community who are often invisible. And to make sure that breastfeeding leadership also reflects the same parity we seek among women who breastfeed.”
I've always hoped to breastfeed my baby, but breastfeeding was more difficult than I imagined. Kai came a few weeks early, so his little mouth struggled to latch. He tried and never quit. The determination of my little baby pushed me to continue practicing with him. By 1 month Kai latched properly and nursed. I truly enjoyed our bonding moments. He currently gets his breast milk to go - from mom's boobs. I stand by @Lot801 's message to #normalizebreastfeeding and #dropthecover . God blessed us with these beautiful babies, and food to nourish them. I'm timid when it comes to dropping the cover so I'm glad that I can use this soft blanket to nurse Kai, or pump when I'm in public. Let's lift up each other and #normalizebreastfeeding Use code (TRACYSHIP) for FREE domestic shipping -ad . . . #3monthsold #choosejoydaily
Breastfeeding in public hack I learned over the weekend - If you find someone staring at you feeding your little one, stare directly into their eyes until they get uncomfortable themselves. Then smile and wave and they’ll have no choice but to smile back and move along #nothingtoseehere . PS - My boob blanket is from @lot801 and not only is it the softest cover but the mama who created it is on an amazing mission to normalize breastfeeding. Thanks girl, we appreciate you🤱💕 (PPS - Use BRITTANYSHIP for free shipping of your own boob blanket!)
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Black Breastfeeding week is always the last week of August, and falls on August 25–31 this year. The theme for 2018 is #LoveOnTop, and you can follow the Black Breastfeeding Week Facebook page for updates on events for the week and look for #BBW178 and #BlackBreastfeedingWeek across social media platforms.