It's Black Breastfeeding Week. And that seems to cause a lot of ~feelings~ for white women. Every year, Black Breastfeeding Week celebrates the different lived experiences of black women, and highlights the racial disparities in breastfeeding support which impact infant mortality rates. And every year, during this celebration, promoters and supporters face accusations of being "divisive" and even "racist" for discussing these different lived experiences and documented racial disparities. … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons White Women Should Support Black Breastfeeding Week
Originally published at Mothering.com A good friend of mine recently had a baby, at home; a birth which I attended as doula, along with the same midwife who attended my last birth. It was an incredible experience to witness the strength of a woman going through the intense waves of bringing a baby earthside. It was powerful, magical, breathtaking and raw. My friend worked hard, doing her best to relax and open, and finally her baby was born. And then came the initiation of … [Read more...] about This is Why I Breastfed Another Woman’s Baby
Originally published at Mothering.com World Breastfeeding Week is a yearly worldwide celebration of breastfeeding. Beginning August 1st this year, World Breastfeeding Week aims to promote education and support for breastfeeding, to help encourage more mothers to meet their goals. Why do we need to celebrate breastfeeding? And why do we need a whole week devoted to it? Here's why you should care. 1. Breastfeeding is a lost art: Breastfeeding probably wouldn't need to be promoted or … [Read more...] about It’s World Breastfeeding Week: Here’s 6 Reasons You Should Care
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-L-Fg7lWgQ Originally published at Mothering.com Approximately 40 years ago, the ~brazen~ act of feeding a child was featured on Sesame street. 1977 was clearly a different time than 2017 is, as evidenced by this video showing breastfeeding, uncovered and unashamed, on a children's program. Native Canadian musician, educator, and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie was featured on Sesame Street in the 1970s. This in itself was a powerful action, as it was -- … [Read more...] about Remember That Time Sesame Street Showed Breastfeeding?
Originally published at Mothering.com Dear Male Lifeguard, Yesterday I attended my first nurse-in, a response to an incident at a local pool where a mother was told to cover up while breastfeeding her infant. It’s unfortunate that we have to organize such events, but it was an empowering experience, and it was good to see so many breastfeeding mothers come together in solidarity. If you happened to be working at the pool yesterday, I know it must have been tough for you to witness so … [Read more...] about An Open Letter to the Lifeguard Who Complained About a Breastfeeding Mother
In what should be a normal, everyday event, an Australian Senator has made history by being the first woman to (successfully and legally) breastfeed her baby in Parliament. The Senator, Larissa Waters, had recently returned from maternity leave and -- like many American mothers long to do -- was able to take her baby to work with her. Baby Alia Joy Waters, only weeks old, joined her mother on the floor of Parliament where voting was taking place. After the event, Waters took to Twitter to … [Read more...] about Senator Makes History By Breastfeeding Her Baby In Parliament