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NOIR: an exploration in breastfeeding while black- Kelley

All around the U.S., black women are creating a space for themselves, in the breastfeeding landscape, and challenging the old narrative that black women don't breastfeed their children. This year's Black Breastfeeding Week celebration, has been about celebrating the joy of breastfeeding, all while bringing awareness and visibility, to the rarely discussed topic. We at My Darling Doula, realize how imperative it is to promote breastfeeding in communities of color, so that nursing parents and babies can share in the many short and long term health benefits, of this nurturing act. This conversation is not about excluding white women or women of other races, it is about intentionally including

NOIR: an exploration in breastfeeding while black- Alexis

"Breastfeeding is not only the cornerstone of a child’s healthy development; it is also the foundation of a country’s development." Today marks the beginning of Black Breastfeeding Week (August 25th-31st). Black Breastfeeding Week was created to strengthen cultural pride, and raise awareness of the nuanced challenges, of “breastfeeding while black”. For more than four decades, the initiation and duration rates of black breastfeeding families have been significantly lower than the rates of white families. Low birth weight, preterm deliveries, and maternal complications, such as preeclampsia, are all higher in black women. Nationally, the Infant mortality rate is more than twice that of white