I have to be honest when I say that I had no idea there was Black Breastfeeding Week until earlier today. I don’t know how I missed this but I couldn’t be more excited about this first celebration or proud of all of the people behind it.
Today is the first day of this new campaign, and the theme for this first year is ‘Black Lives Matter’. I’m so happy that issues exclusive to Breastfeeding among Black people is being given its own space; there are too many (people of all colors) who continue to believe that race just doesn’t matter in determining who does and does not get and receive breastmilk. They overlook the complicated issues surrounding our rates. But until we (all of us) collectively work to bring these topics to the forefront and work at dismantling issues that disproportionately affect Black women one day we can just continue ‘Breastfeeding Week’. But right now, I am so thankful for this.
Below is a small excerpt from Kimberly Seals Allers’ website about this new #BBW:
Nationally Recognized Advocates Launch First Annual Black Breastfeeding Week, August 25-31, 2013
NEW YORK— August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month and a group of nationally recognized breastfeeding advocates have declared August 25- 31, 2013 as Black Breastfeeding Week, marking the inaugural celebration of black life with a community forum in Detroit, a live interactive webinar via YouTube and several social media campaigns. The theme for the week is #BlackLivesMatter.
Black Breastfeeding Week founding committee members include author, journalist and nationally recognized breastfeeding advocate, Kimberly Seals Allers; founding director of the Detroit-based Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association, Kiddada Green; and and co-founder of the Brown Mamas Breastfeed Project and Free to Breastfeed and MomsRising.org Fellow, Anayah Sangodele-Ayoka. The committee is working with the support of ROSE, MomsRising.org, MyBrownBaby.org, BlackandMarriedWithKids, JhaZamora Publishing, and the St. John Hospital and Medical Center.
Read the remainder of the article here: Nationally Recognized Advocates Launch First Annual Black Breastfeeding Week, August 25-31.
BTW, I will be tuning into the live interactive webinar this Tuesday evening. And I hope you will be, too.