Breastfeeding Week + Month

Happy show your bewbies in everyone’s face to be obnoxious week or month! NO, NOT REALLY even though that is how some in the general public seem to perceive this time period.

Yesterday was the last day of World Breastfeeding Week and the end of the first week for National Breastfeeding Month. This is a time to celebrate this simple act that mothers can do for their children. Breastfeeding provides optimal nutrition for kiddos and has a number of health benefits for mothers.

Breastfeeding is a choice for many and an impossibility for some. In that spectrum women face all kinds of Boobie Traps to limit this act including sentiment from others that makes this week and month so important for normalization within our culture. See Best for Babes as a great resource for avoiding cultural boobie traps and your local La Leche League if you need support.

Medical experts from the WHO (World Health Organization) to our own US Surgeon General highly recommend breastfeeding even though you more often then not hear small-minded people or about small-minded actions like a store telling a breastfeeding mother she is not welcomed or more recently a national airline stating their policy is for passengers to coverup (even though not all babies allow themselves to be covered while being fed). The pop culture naysayers are the louder voice in this dialogue every time.

I love this time as health organizations, brands aimed at nursing mothers, and everyday breastfeeding supporters stand united to say this is an encouraged, normalized act if a woman makes this choice.

Earth Mama Angel Baby Breastfeeding Month 2013

I am one of those everyday supporters and have had the proud fortune of having my boobies displayed feeding my son in a great many places online this week with one of my favorite brands. Earth Mama Angel Baby which produces non-toxic wellness products for families used an image of me and my infant from a photo shoot in late June to kick off this month.

Thank you EMAB for what you do everyday to provide support for women and families. Thank you everyone supporting this world week and national month as we work towards normalization in our culture for healthy mamas and babies.

For me this image of me and my son has another piece of significance. Women of color are not often big parts of the breastfeeding discussion in America. As a Blacktina I know that many of my Black peers do not breastfeed as often as other profiled groups. I stand behind this image for many reasons. As a note though I do know many Black women who breastfeed. I hope this national trend continues to narrow the disparity gap.

2 Comment

  1. The picture is gorgeous!

    Thank you for being one of my virtual Blacktina role models! It is a tricky balance to be an advocate without appearing like a crazed lactivist and I think you manage it well. It truly helps to “see” others like me who are doing it and making it seem normal.

    It kind of sucks that I have to go online to find this support rather than in my community, but it is what it is. I come from a long-line of non-breastfeeders and the cultural ignorance and “supportive unsupport” is real. I feel like I’m fighting an uphill battle sometimes when I’m already so tired mentally and physically. But I’m fighting every day to do this thing and hopefully change the conversation regarding BF in my family line.

  2. Kia, that is a beautiful picture and equally beautiful message. <3

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