According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 79 percent of all newborn infants in the US started out breastfeeding in 2011. Only 58.9 percent of Black women initiate breastfeeding, while 75.2 percent of white women and 80 percent of Latina women initiate breastfeeding.
What’s stopping black women from breastfeeding is something that many organizations are trying to figure out and on this episode of Woke Mommy Chatter, I talk to two fellow black mom bloggers who are advocates of ‘chocolate’ breastfeeding.
Hadassah is a mom living in Atlanta, originally from Haiti and creator of the Brown Mom Rising, Inspiring and motivating moms of color and Afrykyan Moon owner of the Chocolate Milk Gear store and Infinite Possibilities of a black woman blog.
We talk about the history of wet nursing and the real stigma that comes with black women using their breasts to feed babies that originated in slavery. ‘That “slavery sh*t” as one woman referred to it, in the linked article above.
We also talk about the origins of formula and our own stories from the trenches of breastfeeding.
Listen to the Woke Mommy Chatter podcast….Episode 3- The one where we talk about chocolate milk.
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