If you’ve been following our Instagram account, then you have kept up with our posts for National Breastfeeding Month. We decided to black out the month of August and dedicate its entirety to bringing awareness to Black breastfeeding. 

Why does #BlackBreastfeedingWeek exist?

According to the official Black breastfeeding week website, “Black Breastfeeding Week was created because for over 40 years there has been a gaping racial disparity in breastfeeding rates. The most recent CDC data show that 75% of white women have ever breastfed versus 58.9% of black women”. They go on to list reasons like:

  • High infant mortality rate
  • High rates of diet-related disease
  • Lack of diversity in the lactation field
  • Unique cultural barriers among Black women
  • Desert-like conditions within our communities, meaning – the desert like conditions in many urban areas where women cannot access support for the best first food-breast milk. 

Black Breastfeeding Week wasn’t created to exclude any other race. It was created to bring awareness to a serious problem in our community. 

On August 25th, we held our second annual Nursathon. The Nursathon was put together to bring women in one space to stand in solidarity for the purpose of encouraging Black women to continue extended breastfeeding. The more we continue to shed light on the importance of breastfeeding, the normalcy of breastfeeding will continue to become nationwide. Just recently, breastfeeding became legal in all 50 states. Don’t feel surprised. We didn’t know it was illegal either. 

Many Black women feel isolated when breastfeeding. Due to also having to return to work sooner than other women or not being provided the adequate time off, many Black women are left out of the breastfeeding loop as well. How do we fix this problem? By continuing to shine light on a solution. We solve this problem by educating women on the importance of pumping, donor milk, and understanding how lactation works. 

This year we introduced a very special panel of women who specialized in the areas of lactation, nutrition, and birth work.

Agatha Achindu  is a wellness entrepreneur, speaker, and educator who specializes in helping American families thrive, by transforming the way they live and feed their children. As the founder and Vice President of Marketing of Yummy Spoonfuls, a line of fresh-frozen organic food for kids, she’s on an unrelenting mission to make healthy food convenient and accessible for busy parents and families. A Certified Integrative Nutrition Coach and yoga instructor, she extends her mission further by offering a brand perspective that amplifies her message of whole living for modern times.

Christine Taylor is a certified nurse midwife who moved to Atlanta from Chicago to help establish a well known, natural midwifery service. After obtaining her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and 8 years of labor and delivery nursing, Christine became motivated to pursue a Master’s in Science and Midwifery degree.

Kiana Ayers is a Registered Nurse and an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She has a passion for helping moms and babies with breastfeeding. She currently works at Amerigroup Community Care of GA one of the four Medicaid CMO’s in GA. 

Tracie Collins founded National Black Doulas in October 2017. It rapidly became the leading national resource for finding and educating Black Doulas and the Black Doula business. Tracie began her career in the Birth Doula field in 2000 after her second child was born. She has attended over 1500+ births with families birthing in hospitals, birth centers, and home births throughout the SF Bay Area & beyond .

We would also like to share a very special thank you to all of our sponsors. Each year, we have a group of sponsors that have come on board to stand with us for Black Breastfeeding Week by providing gift bag items and giveaway donations to our moms to remind them of just how special they are. Thank you!

Medela Sonata Breast Pump Giveaway

Medela is sponsoring one lucky mama the chance to win their Sonata Breast Pump! The Sonata pump is a double-electric, daily-use breast pump and is designed for moms who pump several times a day. It has a 2-Phase Expression Technology with one-touch letdown button which provides more milk in less time when double pumping when compared to single pumping in the expression phase. The Sonata is quiet and includes two sizes of PersonalFit Flex™ Breast Shields which are proven to remove 11.8% more milk faster. The Sonata is designed to reduce pressure on the breast and optimize milk flow.

Here’s How To Enter:

Follow Medela on Instagram!

Leave a comment below telling us how long you breastfed!

Contest ends September 6, 2019 at Midnight EST!

All photos courtesy KKhorhn Photography

With warm regards,