For black people in particular, breastfeeding offers important benefits for ailments that overwhelmingly diminish our health or cut short our lives. For example, exclusive breastfeeding is one of the only proven actions a mother can take to protect herself against the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, which affect black women at disproportionately high rates.
My Darling Doula has partnered with local black breastfeeding parents from the Queen City, to celebrate and promote what is a crucial life-saving, life-affirming, and loving practice that is a part of our human legacy.
Meet Queen Mother April...
Name: April Drakeford Smith
Gender expression (preferred pronouns)? Female
Child's name? Jace Smith
Age of child? 19 months
How long have you been breastfeeding? 19 months