Our breastfeeding stories and images are not easy to find online. In fact, it would seem as if the story of modern black American women breastfeeding is limited. This blog seeks to highlight the many black mothers in the United States (and beyond) who do indeed breastfeed their children. Despite the statistics that show a despairing picture of breastfeeding among black mothers in the United States, there are many of us who have breastfed, are breastfeeding, and will breastfeed our children.
We invite all mothers who identify racially as black to share your breastfeeding stories here. It does not matter how long you breastfed or even if you used alternative feeding methods at some point, your story is welcome. This is a judgment-free zone.
***Even though this blog exists primarily to highlight the stories of black mothers we welcome all mothers to this space.
I recently received this email request to pass along to all of you:
The Office on Women’s Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is developing a breastfeeding guide and would like to include personal stories from real women. We are looking for stories that describe how women have overcome challenges, such as a lack of support or mastitis, to successfully breastfeed. If you would like your story to be considered for the guide, please email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Breastfeeding Guide 2” in the subject line. Stories should be 300 words or less.
We are also in need of high-resolution, discreet photos for the guide. Please let us know in your email if you have any photos that you would like to share.
The present breastfeeding guides can be found here.