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#BlackBreastFeedingWeek Brings Awareness To Breastfeeding Benefits

Did you know that Black babies are dying at twice the rate (in some place, nearly triple) the rate of white babies?

Neither did we. That’s why Black mothers are bringing attention to this statistic during “Black Breast Feeding Week“. They are sharing selfies and stories of why they nurse their little loved ones naturally. Breast milk has benefits, like natural colostrum to help bring a sick newborns back to health. Breast feeding can literally mean life or death for an infant…

Blackbreastfeeding.org has helped create this beautiful movement of women showing us why breastfeeding is important through portraits.

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I’ll never forget the first time I breastfed 6 years ago. No one had previously explained to me that the colostrum comes first, not to panic when I didn’t see white milk. Or that the process of latching correctly involves several weeks of intense pain. Rawness. Redness. Soreness. Engorgement. Didn’t know that the sound of any infant crying would trigger an instant leak, or that rubbing breastmilk on my breasts after each feeding expedited my healing process. I didn’t know that womens’ nipples turn darker during pregnancy to serve as a bullseye for a newborn’s poor eyesight. Or that the tiny bumps surrounding the areola (called Montgomery tubercles) are glands that secrete a distinct oil & smell that would help guide my child to my boob. That same oil has antibacterial properties to keep the areola properly lubricated for feedings. I was previously unaware that my breast milk had healing properties, that the same breast milk that nourished my child could be used in my child’s ear to heal ear aches, or his eyes to get rid of pink eye. I remember the first time I spilled a bottle of fresh pumped breastmilk. They say don’t cry over spilled milk. I cried. 😂😂 I unshamefully purchased 10 bikinis from Victoria Secret thinking my engorged breasts would permanently be robust, huge and filling. When Jay finished milking them after a year, my poor boobies in the bikini top were comparable to tiny pearls in a huge oyster shell 😂😂😂 Fast forward 6 years with Jacen. I am now empowered, aware, and comfortable. Not every woman is blessed with the ability, time, resources, support system, or proper equipment to successfully breastfeed a child from infancy to toddlerhood. #Breastfeeding is an art. It’s a craft. It’s magical. There is a spiritual connection in breastfeeding that is only understood between mother and child. The art and practice of breastfeeding is not something that is mastered overnight. It is a continual work in progress. Let me end by saying that no woman should feel ashamed or embarrassed if she is unable to breastfeed her child for whatever reason. Continue Reading in Comments.

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