Measuring Black breastfeeding with a white stick?: Why I’m intentional in leaving white women out!

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  I figured out what about Black breastfeeding, has been bugging me for so long. Well I recognized this before, but now it’s to the point where it actually — more than just ‘bugs’ me — it’s troublesome and makes me ill. It’s the consistent way Black women are ranked against white women when it comes […]

Is ‘Right Now’ just too soon to truly change breastfeeding culture?

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Over the past while I’ve really been thinking about what it means to truly change breastfeeding culture. More specifically, I’ve had thoughts on what it mean that so many promotions want changes in breastfeeding culture to usually happen right away. I often times come across, as well as, hear about statistics on who’s getting a […]

More Sharing African American #Midwife Stories, Part 2 in Jackson, MS

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I’ll be in Jackson, Mississippi next month giving a presentation during the More Sharing African American Midwife Stories. This is a four-part symposium that are at the fore of efforts of the organization to raise funds to restore the Scott-Ford houses in the city that will interpret the history of midwives in Mississippi. A very brief story […]

Just *how* did slavery impact Black women’s breastfeeding today?

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  A few years ago I wrote an article on here asking the question about the impact of slavery on the current breastfeeding rates for Black women. There were very different responses to it from each end of the spectrum. My thoughts stemmed from another article I read back then wondering the same thing and, […]

Uncovering Imperialist White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy in Professional Breastfeeding Services: The Greater Complexities of IBCLCs

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Below is a paper that I just turned in and filed with my department. I had to submit a ‘research competency’ paper as part of the requirements for my graduate program for the MA (think thesis), and chose to extend the conversation I started about my views on IBCLCs, who I think are very problematic […]

BLACK BREASTFEEDING AND MENTAL ILLNESS: Struggling With & Surviving — A Blog Carnival #BlkBfing

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What do you know about mental illness and its impact on Black breastfeeding? If you’re like me, then it isn’t much. Every once in a while someone, somewhere, will highlight a story on postpartum depression to allow us to see what women go through. But even those are few and far between. What has been on my mind is […]

Anita Baker gives her baby the best that she’s got (Video)

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OK, you all know that I’m no celebrity worshipper. And I’m not even big on them being viewed as ‘role models’ for encouraging more Black breastfeeding because I think it is all just another aspect of a complex structure of power — I’ve shared my thoughts about it before. I still feel this way, but the video below featuring Anita Baker […]