Why Aren’t Black Mothers Breastfeeding?

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    Jacque Reid goes “Inside Her Story” with Kimberly Seals Allers about the lack of breastfeeding among black women and her movement to overturn the “first food desert” that leaves many mothers unable or uncomfortable to breastfeed.

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    4 thoughts on “Why Aren’t Black Mothers Breastfeeding?

    1. as a mother of five, I must admit that I was very afraid of letting anyone know I was breastfeeding, I breastfeed all five kids past a year. my son was going on three when I was pregnant with my second and he was still being breastfeed, I was so afraid to let family and friends know that I was breastfeeding while pregnant, although I believe that I was doing the right thing for my kids by breastfeeding I still ran in the car or dressing rooms to nurse, by time I had the 5th child I was more open and ready at anytime on demand, I am proud to say that now I am a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor/ Birth and Labor Doula.. everything worked out for the best.. my son plays high school football and my girls are all A students..

    2. It was difficult for me to breastfeed because women in my family hadn’t really done so in a generation. The support and generational knowledge wasn’t there. On the other hand, I felt tremendous pressure in my granola crunchy Bed-Stuy neighborhood to do so. The pressure doesn’t help when you’re having difficulties managing your letdown and trying to make sure baby gets hind milk (and staying up late reading all you can about nursing).
      Instead of the invasive question, “Natural delivery?” I got the invasive question “Are you breastfeeding?” and the approving nods when I replied.
      Leave mothers alone to make the best decisions they can for their children and don’t judge them.

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