Happy World Breastfeeding Week, and Breastfeeding Awareness Month!! This year’s theme is Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers, and highlights peer counselors — who have done fabulous work. I’m looking around and I see so many advocates celebrating this time of year in their own unique way.
Many times, I still CANNOT BELIEVE this is the work I do — It wouldn’t have dawned on me in 1,000,000,000,000,000 years I’d be a breastfeeding zealot. For me, this biological site serves as a gateway to underpin a new set of theoretical questions on community engagement, health and wellness and various others regarding the overall society, with my emphasis on the unique and complex experiences of people of the African Diaspora in the US.
I really love what I do, but I’m saddened that the breastfeeding experience has increasingly become a commodity, and a clear marker of social stratification (been listening to Leith Mullings), with interventions, inequality and countless other determinants that occupy that precious, delicate space between a baby and a breast, making it increasingly difficult for the two to connect.
I’m hopeful that through more critical awareness, this can be changed and future generations will see the results of a much greater overall health and well-being in various aspects.
I’m working to DECOLONIZE BREASTFEEDING!
Newly designed DECOLONIZE BREASTFEEDING Pinback from the ‘Anti Breast Is Best’ Shop, and I have one to giveaway. This pinback is a standard 2 1/2 inch and you can enter by referring to the details below.
Leave a comment on this post by Thursday (Sept 5) and it will count as your entry. All names will be entered with a winner selected at random via random.org, and announced in an update to this blog post. Leave your email address with your comment (not seen by anyone other than me, the admin). Winner must respond within 24 hours, or another will be selected. This giveaway is for one pinback, and is open to U.S and international participants.
Update: Winner is Momnzion. Congratulations!
* The majority of proceeds from purchases from the ‘Anti Breast Is Best’ Shop are recycled back into majority breastfeeding and birth-specific projects, and other community efforts. Special emphasis is placed on supporting work geared towards decolonizing human lactation.