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.