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Broodiness and Breasts. Yes! There is a Connection.

I have a confession to make: I’m feeling broody. And it’s not your typical ‘holding a cute baby’ type of broodiness. This one is kind of well, weird. Hear me out. Last week, when I was privileged to attend the Kellogg Foundation’s Improving Birth Outcomes roundtable, a picture of a breastfeeding mom flashed on the screen during a presentation and I had a odd tingle. Of course, I brushed it off as jetlag (yes, I know there is no jet lag for a flight from New York to Detroit, but please help a sister out!). Then, as I was preparing images for our new breastfeeding campaign and spectacular nursing lingerie giveaway with Bravado Designs , that tingle keep coming back. Resistance is futile. The truth is, I absolutely loved breastfeeding. I loved the bonding. I loved the tingling sensation of let down. I loved the powerful feeling of knowing that I had everything I needed to give my baby the best nutrition and healthiest start in life right there in my two jugs. And as a woman, who was never too fully endowed in the first place…I was always the one quoting, “more than a mouthful is a waste anyway,” to justify my small jugs…it was awesome to feel so empowered by breastfeeding. As I watch my children grow up and more independent, I miss those days of closeness and spending time connecting while nursing.

That’s why I am so, so excited to offer our special promotion this month with Bravado Designs and our new column by Kathi Barber, founder of the African American Breastfeeding Alliance. As you may know, the rates of breastfeeding among Black women are very low. I hope you all look at the campaign and MochaManual’s new breastfeeding column for moms as a way to help ourselves and others recognize the beauty of breastfeeding. Help us remember that breastfeeding reduces the mothers’ rates for breast cancer and other cancers–so it’s great for US too!

And most importantly, as I always say, I hope that we start a new conversation about breastfeeding as Black mothers where we support each other, encourage each other and recognize the beauty in each other as we give our babies the very best while benefitting ourselves in the process.

Do you have fond memories of breastfeeding? Please share them with me here for an upcoming story. I’d love to hear from you. Also please click here to enter to win (or enter a breastfeeding friend) some fabulous nursing lingerie every week from Bravado Designs. And click here to read Kathi Barber’s new column. And please tell a friend.

In motherhood,

3 Responses to “Broodiness and Breasts. Yes! There is a Connection.”
  1. Ms. Bar B: says:

    Awww. Breastfeeding really is one of the very best relationships between a mother and her child. Sadly, I missed out on this opportunity… or should I say, it was taken from me. Due to minor complications after birth, my daughter was taken up to the NICU. While there, she was given both a pacifier and a bottle. The nipple confusion was so fast and I was devastated. I wanted to breastfeed my baby so badly, but she fought and fought at the breast as an infant, then came the supplementing formula and breast milk, and then since she wasn’t gaining weight I had to do formula solely.

    I am hoping to have a second chance to have this experience and to provide this service to my future child.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I Breastfed both of my daughters after C-section. Although the milk was slow to come in, I was very happy to have breastfed as much as I could. Due to exhaution and a bout of the baby blues with my second child, I had to supplement with formula. I breastfed/bottle fed my first child for 4 months and my second child for 3 months. It was a wonderful and empowering experience. I never felt more intouch with myself as a women and human being.

  3. Kimberly says:

    Ladies, I’m so happy to hear your thoughts on breastfeeding. Mrs. Bar B–I understand how you feel. Hospitals don’t always support breastfeeding the way they should. I had to get gangsta on my hospital when they wanted to give my baby Kayla a bottle. Next time make sure you get a “baby friendly” hospital.
    and to ms. anonymous, i hear ya 2000%–anytime you can give breastfeeding is empowering and freggin’ amazin’!!!

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