GOOD THURSDAY to ALL of My Coffee, Chocolate, Cocoa, Caramel, Cinnamon, and Creamy CRAZY COOL GROOVY Family, Friends, Frats, Fans, Followers, Frienemies, and FANTABULICIOUSTICAL Funky Fresh Fly Folk who are BREASTFEEDING Moms, Expectant Moms who will be BREASTFEEDING Moms, Future Moms who will be BREASTFEEDING Moms, and BREASTFEEDING Friendly-Supportive Fathers, Husbands, and Partners!!!
At any time within the last 24 hours, have YOU taken any time just for YOU to Take Off Your Bra?
Are you STILL wearing your bra 24/7/365, even when you sleep??
Are you a BREASTFEEDING MOM, or; if you are pregnant - are you planning to BREASTFEED???
In 2013, the BLACK MOTHERS BREASTFEEDING ASSOCIATION (BMBFA), FREE TO BREASTFEED (FTBF), and MOCHA MANUAL: MOTHERHOOD IN COLOR, decided that since August 1 is celebrated as WORLD BREASTFEEDING DAY, and August 1 - 7 is celebrated as WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK (WBW), then they would establish the week of August 25 - 31 to be celebrated as BLACK BREASTFEEDING WEEK, the final week of NATIONAL BREASTFEEDING MONTH.
TOP 5 REASONS BLACK FAMILIES NEED A BLACK BREASTFEEDING WEEK (#BBW14):
1. The high black infant mortality rate:
Black babies are dying at twice the rate (in some place, nearly triple) the rate of white babies. This is a fact. The high infant mortality rate among black infants is mostly to their being disproportionately born too small, too sick or too soon. These babies need the immunities and nutritional benefit of breast milk the most. According to the CDC, increased breastfeeding among black women could decrease infant mortality rates by as much as 50%.
2. High rates of diet-related disease:
When you look at all the health conditions that breast milk—as the most complete “first food,” has been proven to reduce the risks of—African American children have them the most. From upper respiratory infections and Type II diabetes to asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and childhood obesity—these issues are rampant in our communities.
3. Lack of diversity in lactation field:
Not only are there blatant racial disparities in breastfeeding rates, there is a blatant disparity in breastfeeding leadership as well. It is not debatable that breastfeeding advocacy is white female-led. This is a problem. For one, it unfortunately perpetuates the common misconception that black women don’t breastfeed. It also means that many of the lactation professionals, though well-intentioned, are not culturally competent, sensitive or relevant enough to properly deal with African American moms.
4. Unique cultural barriers among black women:
While many of the “booby traps”™ to breastfeeding are universal, Black women also have unique cultural barriers and a complex history connected to breastfeeding.
5. Desert-Like Conditions in Our Communities:
Many African American communities are “first food deserts”—it’s a term coined to describe the desert like conditions in many urban areas visited where women cannot access support for the best first food-breast milk. It is not fair to ask women, any woman, to breastfeed when she lives in a community that is devoid of support.
Believe it or not - the ladies have not left us out of BLACK BREASTFEEDING WEEK 2014.
BLACK BREASTFEEDING WEEK got together with EBONY Magazine to gift us with TOP 5 THINGS EVERY MAN NEEDS To KNOW About BREASTS:
1. Brace yourself, for this shocker, guys:
Breasts, are actually made of fatty tissue and mammary glands. Things to make milk. The breast contains 15-25 milk glands connected to milk ducts inside the nipple all held together with fatty tissue. In fact, the word "mammary" comes from "mamma," the Greek and Latin word for the breast, which derives from the cry "mama" uttered by infants and young children, sometimes meaning "I want to feed at the breast." So breasts were biologically designed to feed.
2. Yes, breasts bring pleasure to the owner and any visitors:
In fact, there are thin muscle fibers and loads of nerve endings in the nipple that make them become erect, signaling arousal and also make them sensitive. This same pleasure principle often causes confusion for some men and women, who only see the sensual nature of the breast. But it has other, life enhancing functions.
3. Breasts have super powers:
“What I find especially cool about breasts is their ability to make the milk appropriate for the infant's age, making fore milk and hind milk to satisfy the infants thirst and hunger respectively, and to make antibodies that protect the infant specific to what the mother are exposed to,” says Melissa Bartick, Melissa Bartick, MD, MSc an internist and Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
4. The breast is an immature organ: one that only fully matures after going through a full-term pregnancy and lactation process. “Organs that have a job to do starting from birth like the brain, heart and kidneys, have a much lower risk of cancer. But an organ like the breast, whose job is to make milk, is immature and in waiting mode until the long maturation process is over and it can finally be put to work--which is why it is more likely to get into trouble,” explains Marissa Weiss, MD, president and founder of BreastCancer.org.
5. Men matter:
When mothers report being uncomfortable about breastfeeding in front of male relatives, or that they didn’t breastfeed because their husbands and partners were unsupportive, it robs mothers and babies of an important nurturing and health preventative experience. Women need to feel encouraged to give their baby the best first food there is and that they can still also be desirable, sensual women when ready.
To keep it light-hearted, musical, and educational, Young Mother/Lactation Consultant/Doula/Writer/Blogger/Rapper/ URBAN MATRIARCH chopped and screwed a popular HIP HOP tune to create the instructional/inspirational/motivational track, TEACH ME HOW TO BREASTFEED, with visuals designed to encourage and empower YOUNG BLACK MOTHERS into BREASTFEEDING.
"Teach ME How to BREASTFEED, Teach ME How to BREASTFEED... ALL The BABIES LOVE It, ALL The BABIES LOVE It..."
HAPPY TAKE OFF Your BRA, TAKE CARE Of YOUR BREASTS, LEARN HOW To BREASTFEED, BREASTFEED ALL Of YOUR BABIES, And TAKE CARE Of YOURSELVES BRALESS THURSDAY!!!
PEACE, LOVE, And BEAUTIFUL BOUNTIFUL BLACK BREASTFEEDING WEEK BLESSINGS;