While the article is gone from the Midwifery Today site, the discussion it has engendered is too important to disappear without a trace. It is important to us that your readers understand why the comparison between the anti-slavery struggle and the midwifery movement is wrong and profoundly hurtful. Even more than this, however, we hope to show that the struggle to provide a full range of birthing options must address our history of racial oppression if we really want to change birth in this country.
Breastfeeding decreases the risks for obesity, diabetes and asthma. As a nephrology social worker, I see firsthand the consequences of obesity that can lead to diabetes and ultimately chronic kidney disease.
As a Black midwife, newly arrived in 1989, I had no understanding of the history or legacy of midwifery in the USA, let alone the foundational role that African-American midwives played in the provision of maternity care for both Black and White women from slavery on upwards.
I am so happy to share with you this list of black women who breastfeed! If you check the current data on black women and breastfeeding you’ll most likely find reports saying that we do not breastfeed, we have the lowest rates, we only breastfeed for 3-6 months, etc.
I would like to know where are the studies talking about the black women that do breastfeed?
There are websites, Facebook pages, Twitter Accounts and Blogs dedicated to Black Women Breastfeeding. I’m not saying the data is wrong, but I don’t believe it’s as dire as they claim it to be either.
I know that black women breastfeed, and the evidence is right here on this website.
Some women chose to list how many children and for how long they breastfed. Some chose not to, and that’s ok. It doesn’t mean they didn’t breastfeed for a certain amount of time, they simply chose not to include that information. This list includes black women from all walks of life. Mama’s to one child, some to three, and six children. Married mama’s, single mama’s…some work, others stay home. Some nursed for 6 months – while others tandem nursed for years. Some used donor milk – others induced lactation.
Lets get started…
Jatika – and her cousin Shanetra.
@lawgurl both children
Dee 4 children: Last one currently nursing now over 2 yrs old.
Melek: Battled through biting issues and low supply from 9 months until he weaned at 12 months.
Dianthe: Breastfeeding for 4 years…on 2nd baby and tandem nursed for a year.
Monique: 13 months and counting! her mom, cousins and aunts also breastfed their children.
Angela: Breastfed all four of her children.
Natasha: 29 months and counting!
Sylvia: Tandem nursed 2.5 yr old and 3.5 yr old until she was 7 months pregnant. She weaned them at that time and is now nursing her 3rd baby.
Tiffony: Breasted my two for 2.5 years each. Was breast fed by my mom until age 3.
Jamita: nursing for almost 6 yrs. 2 yrs w/Myles, 2.5 yrs w/Myla and currently nursing Mylex 14 months.
Tamika: Breastfed for 27 months until she had to have oral surgery and was placed on medications for it.
Tiffany: Breastfed both of her older children, and planning to breastfeed her newest arrival as well.
Kimberly: Breastfed her first until he was 27 months, and currently nursing her 19 month old.
Kimberley: Induced lactation and breastfed two adopted daughters. Her oldest breastfed for 13 months but continued to receive breastmilk until she was 28mos. Her youngest breastfed for 10 mos but continues to receive breastmilk and she is 14 mos. They both come off the breast when they were teething, milk not coming fast enough and constant biting. Side note: They both received donor milk PAID FOR by Medicaid.
Pamela: Breastfeeding her son at 14 months. She plans to continue until he is 18 months.
Michelle: Currently breastfeeding her three-month old.
Tiffany C.: Breastfed her first till she was 14 months old; her second till she was 21 months old; and plans to breastfeed her new baby as long as we can!
Chalis: Breast fed her 1st for almost a year (14 years ago) & currently breastfeeding her 4 month old!
Kimberly D.: Breastfed her first until she was 3 yrs, her second until he was 3 yrs, her third until she was 3 yrs, her fourth until she was 4 yrs, her fifth until he was 4.5 yrs, and currently bf her 6th who is almost 6 months old♥
Courtney: Nursed her son until about age 25 mo, planning to let the baby still in the oven self wean.
Kornika: 10 months and counting!
Bianca: Breastfed for 6 months.
Rashanna: Breast fed all three of hers; 8 months was the longest.
Sheril: Breastfed five for a year each!
Kristal: Not only was she a breastfeeding peer helper for the WIC office, she also nursed her FAB 5…. One for 3 years… Breast ONLY!
Adiaha: breastfed two daughters. One for 2.5 yrs and the other up until one week before her third birthday.
Kanyla: happily breastfeeding for 7 months and plans to continue until her baby girl is ready to stop
I also breastfed all three of my children. My first for 10 months, my 2nd for 29 months and my 3rd 21 months and counting! At the time of this post 2/27/13 I have been breastfeeding for 34 months AND we made the cover of the 2013 breastfeeding calendar from Birth Routes.