Today, I initially planned on writing about breastfeeding and Black feminism, and was going to wait until the later part of the year to share this post, but then I figured there’s no time like the present to bring everyone this message. I have decided that beginning in 2021 I will no longer be updating this blog. At this point I’m unsure if I’ll keep the site up after that at all, but it might be around for a bit.
2021 will make 10 years that I’ve been on this site. I figured that after this amount of time I’ve had plenty of opportunity to put my thoughts out to the world. I began this site in 2011 when I decided to chronicle my ‘Lactation Journey.’ For me this meant that initially I wanted to become an IBCLC. I started this site and began writing about that endeavor, intending to detail the different steps of becoming certified, and track my progress along that path as far as notating any clinical hours I completed, and sharing information about classes I was taking towards it and anything else. But then my paradigm shifted. And as I became more and more aware about the institution my belief that it does far more harm than good, especially for Black women became firmly rooted. So all of that came to a hault. After no longer pursuing the IBCLC credential I figured I could use this platform to discuss other aspects of my advocacy of breastfeeding among Black people in America as public scholarship, and I have done that and it has been exciting over this span of time.
For the remainder of 2020 I will be busy. After well over a year and a half, I’m finally getting ready to leave the south and head back to the north. I also have other projects I’m working on and so that’s taking up some of my time, but I plan to hopefully pop in some before the year ends and bring a post or two here and there. I’ve been thinking of doing a webinar again. I know it’s been a while since the previous one on decolonizing breastfeeding in Communities of Color, but I wanted to facilitate a presentation about slavery and breastfeeding. This area is one I’ve put a lot of thought into, and I feel I finally have enough concrete information that I can truly bring this crucial topic from an anthropological perspective to an audience, so let’s see what happens.
I know that some of you are new and others new-ish, while some of you have been around since day one. But regardless of wherever you are in your participation around here, I wanted to make sure I mentioned it because I know for me it’s disappointing when I’ve been following along with someone and they drop off the scene, leaving all to wonder. I have appreciated my entire readership and hope we’ve learned from each other via dialogue. I also hope I’ve highlighted some thought-provoking aspects of radical Black feminist anthropological Black breastfeeding.