Celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week: A Triumph of Motherhood

As a mom of three, celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week holds special significance for me.  It's an opportunity to not only reflect on my own journey but also to shed light on the importance of supporting Black maternal health and breastfeeding in our communities.  My breastfeeding journey started in 2016 and it was not easy mentally and physically.  I've learned so much about my body, patience levels, and black maternal health since then and it's reflected in my current breastfeeding experience.

Black maternal health disparities are a stark reality in the United States. Black women are more likely to experience complications during pregnancy and childbirth, including higher rates of maternal mortality. These disparities extend to breastfeeding as well, with Black women facing lower initiation and continuation rates compared to their white counterparts.

Despite these challenges, I am proud to share my own triumph in successfully nursing my third child with no hiccups. I experienced a consistent milk supply and a good flow from both breasts, which allowed me to provide the nourishment my baby needed.  This was not my story with my first or second babies, so I want to share what I've learned in hopes that new mommas or second time around mommas can experience the same success.

To ensure a successful breastfeeding journey, I leaned on a few key strategies. First and foremost, I sought guidance from a lactation consultant who provided invaluable support and advice. Additionally, I found that keeping my baby at the breast and avoiding pumping for the first month worked best for establishing a strong breastfeeding relationship and regulating my supply.  I was eager with my first and second to have a break.  The first month of breastfeeding means you are nursing around the clock with sore breasts.  It is understandable to want a break but that pumping break did not help my supply.

Staying hydrated was paramount throughout my breastfeeding journey. I made sure to drink at least 60 ounces of water daily, aiming for 75 ounces or more when possible. This helped maintain my milk supply and keep me feeling energized.

Now, at one year into our breastfeeding journey, I'm going strong. I continue to prioritize my health and support my breastfeeding journey with products like water and Coddle Lactation Tea.  As I look ahead, I'm excited to see where this journey takes us and will check back in at 18 months to share where I am in the journey.

As we celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week, let's continue to advocate for better support and resources for Black mothers and families. Together, we can ensure that every Black mother has the opportunity to experience the triumph of breastfeeding.

Leave a comment