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Happy Black Breastfeeding Week!

Updated: Aug 29, 2023


This week I'm channeling Snoop Dogg's message by thanking myself and celebrating my breastfeeding journey. I breastfed my older son for 2.25 years and I'm still nursing my 19-month-old younger son. As I celebrate the connection, bonding, and health benefits of nursing.... I also honor the hundreds of sleepless nights, the nursing at 3 a.m., the pumping in the car or work or on romantic vacations, the teething, the toddler hitting/antics, the clogged ducts, and the tears falling in the middle of the night. I also want to honor my ancestors - some were not free to breastfeed their own children, some did and some chose not to - sending love to them all. Overall, I'm so grateful for my breastfeeding journey.


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Black Breastfeeding Week (Aug 25 - 31) was founded by three Black women, Kimberly Seals Allers, Kiddada Green, and Anayah Sangodele-Ayoka in 2012 to bring attention to the racial disparities in breastfeeding rates, disrupt racism, and celebrate, honor, respect, and protect Black motherhood and breastfeeding. This year, the theme is "We Outside! Celebrating Connection & Our Communities". Learn more and find events at https://blackbreastfeedingweek.org. The Sacramento Breastfeeding Coalition is hosting a webinar "How Doulas Impact Successful Breastfeeding in Communities of Color" on Thursday, August 31 from 11:30 - 1:30 p.m. (lhttps://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kKDSLGC2SPmH36jMC5xhxQ?#/registration).

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