Photos: 9 Mums In Their Breastfeeding Glory For Black Breastfeeding Week
In addition to their beautiful breastfeeding photos, these awesome mums also spoke about the power of seeing black women nurturing their children.
Three years ago on Black Breastfeeding Week, the creators of the week, wanted to make sure people saw powerful photos of black motherhood. Especially as it related to nurturing their children. According to the American CDC, black infants have consistently had the lowest rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration. Concerned communities are working to improve the sad statistics. Some of them are: Black Women Do Breastfeed, Black Moms Breastfeeding and Mocha Milk Mommy’s Breastfeeding. So in honour of Black Breastfeeding Week, The Huffington Post photographed nine proud mums. They talk about the need for society to see beautiful breastfeeding photos of black women nurturing their young.
“I think a big issue for the public at large is that we are lacking diversity. The only images I had seen in the past were of tribal and native women of color breastfeeding in villages. I think it’s easier to seek help when you know there is someone out there similar to you who is experiencing the same thing, without feeling shame. Seeing features similar to yours means you are not being left out or disregarded. If more black breastfeeding moms were visible, there would most likely be a greater amount of programs available in a wider variety of communities to support them.”