Why do we need a black breastfeeding week?

Because black parents say they need it.

To me this, is absolutely the most important. I’m a white woman. I have little idea what black parents experience that I don’t. So when a group of black women organizes a Black Breastfeeding Week to help other black parents, my ONLY job is to stay out of the way and stop questioning them and diverting time and energy away from their work. I don’t have to have experienced it in order to respect it and support it. I can simply believe the experiences of people who have.

Because black women are still underrepresented in the media around breastfeeding. And representation matters.

I searched high and low on four different stock photo sites for photos to use in this post. I found ONE photo of a black woman breastfeeding. It’s the one in the header. My searches for “black woman breastfeeding” came up with a bunch of black and white photos of white women breastfeeding. Searching for “African American woman breastfeeding” came up with the same, plus a bunch of hippo, giraffe and elephant breastfeeding photos.

Because there are significant historical and cultural aspects that are not being addressed in the generic Breastfeeding Week.

While understanding isn’t a prerequisite to respect, taking the time to educate yourself on the issues is always a good idea. If you’d like to read more about those issues from the perspective of black parents, here are some places you can do that:

Top 5 Reasons We Need a Black Breastfeeding Week
Why Black Breastfeeding Week is Important to Me
A Comparison of Two Breastfeeding Graduates Photos
It’s Black Breastfeeding Week, Why is That Needed?

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