Black breast feeding week is almost over but its still a celebration! Ive been talking about it all week. This is one of my favorite weeks of the year!
Hooray! Hooray to all the mothers who were able, attempted and continue to breastfeed their children. A special shout out to the black moms this week! Ive been breastfeeding for 17 months exactly (as of yeaterday) and it isnt easy. It never was easy. But im doing it! My child is healthy and fed in the best way I know how. Theres nothing like liquid gold. Im very proud of myself. My breastfeeding journey has been a long time coming. Ive written, but havent shared, a few articles on my challenges but didnt think they would be interesting enough to read but ive changed my mind. Rather Ive been reminded of the importance of lactation support. My support did not come in the form of birth workers or medical staff. Unfortunatley they failed me. They failed to offer me the same services that they offer others. From what i understand this is a repeat offense in my coomunuty. Really they fail to follow up and follow through. But the blogs!! The bloggers were there for me! So I will be too. Thats why I started. I was lost ans found my answers. I will be there for all moms and especially moms in my community. Regardless of your income, job title, or any other demographic your child is less likely to make it to their first birthday. Its all related. Lack of resources.
Again hooray black moms because we are stastically less likely to have the resources and you still make ends meet.
However, I dont want to take away from the moms who tried or who thought about breastfeeding and really wanted to but didnt have the information or support to continue. You are what this week is about. The mothers who felt the choice was taken from them because they had to return to work and couldnt pump. Also the mothers who planned to breastfeed but didnt produce milk.
Fed is best. Motherhood is challenging enough lets share in the joys of a fed healthy baby and raise awareness to the benefits of breastmilk for baby.
It is upon us!