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In Their Own Words: Real Women Share Their Breastfeeding Experiences

I gave birth to my son in February 2012 and have been breastfeeding ever since. It’s the best decision I have made as a mother. It took a week for my milk to come in, but our lactation consultant was wonderful and supportive and helped us survive the week. I recently returned to work and began pumping. It’s challenging, but the only reason why it works well for me is because I have a supportive office with bosses who have all done the same thing. I can’t imagine being forced to choose between doing what’s best for my son and my job, a choice that forces many women to stop breastfeeding. I’ve been trying to find other black moms in my area, with limited success. I believe that being a black mom is more challenging because it’s difficult to navigate racial challenges for yourself and your child. Breastfeeding is just one way that black moms can make sure their children get the best start in life.

-LaNitra B.

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  1. Tausha says:

    Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing. I am about to give birth to my 3rd child. I breastfed my first 2 as well. None of my family were supportive, actually they would make comments to try to get me to stop. I can still hear my mother, “oh, just give that baby some formula!”. I didn’t let anyone deter me or rob me of this beautiful experience. I was hung up on breastfeeding in public until one day I saw a mother nursing on a bench at a carnival. I patiently waited for her to finish and I just walked up to her and asked her how she found the courage. She told me that she is normally a very conservative person, but she got tired of hiding and trying to find places to nurse so she said to herself, breastfeeding is natural and if people have a problem with it, it’s their problem. Kudos! We’ll see if I follow in her footsteps. I say yes now, but we’ll see.

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