A clear medical bias and the stresses of new motherhood, often leaves Black women unsupported on their breastfeeding journeys.
When I first realized I wasn’t going to really breastfeed, I was determined that everyone knew why. We need to stop shaming mothers into breastfeeding.
We need to know that the way we frame infant feeding can impact mothers, for better or worse. And we need to recognize that when we impact a mother’s feelings about herself, we impact her baby — and when we impact her baby, we impact our future.
When we see each other, we see ourselves. And when we see ourselves, we know we are strong and capable and worthy.
In case someone comes out of the woodwork and goes extra hard with the mom-shaming for choosing to bottle feed, here are some really important reasons not to feel ashamed.
This doesn't surprise me — people don't even like to talk about breastfeeding. Adding in sex? Forget it.
I’ve run out of patience. I’ve run out of polite ways to say sit down and shut up.
What is it like being boob shamed and tattoo shamed 20 years after the fact?
Science, as it turns out, is not the answer to everything — certainly not breastfeeding.
There is nothing in the world that quite compares to the joyous feeling of bringing a new baby home.