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When Healthy Food Access is an Issue for Babies: New Video Explains “First Food Deserts”

Posted October 22nd, 2013 by

Improving healthy food access for children is important work. But what about babies? We know that in so-called food deserts, health outcomes are impacted  when residents lack  easy access to the most healthful foods. In the same way, when babies miss out on their most healthful first food–breast milk–because a mother cannot access the resources [...]

Eliminating Infant Health Disparities is the Realization of the Dream

Posted August 28th, 2013 by

All this week, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, I have been reminded of the shoulders I stand on—the civil rights leaders who sat in protest, endured water hosings, recovered from dog bites, and went to prison for me and my children, and my children’s children, to  have the most [...]

Dear White Women: Top 5 Reasons Why We Need a Black Breastfeeding Week

Posted August 28th, 2013 by

The news had not been posted for two hours before the brouhaha began on Facebook. Yesterday, myself and two of my comrades in the movement to shift breastfeeding culture in the black community, officially announced August 25-31st—the last week of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month—as Black Breastfeeding Week. About two weeks ago, I wrote a piece [...]

When Big Pharma “Strong” Arms Mothers, We All Lose

Posted May 7th, 2013 by

via The Broad Side Corporations have a very bad habit of telling moms how to be. Or better yet, co-opting some very common “mom” archetypes for their marketing pursuits. For decades, we were told “Choosy Moms Choose Jif.” More recently, “It Moms” were more likely to choose a particular fabric softener. This week, infant formula [...]

Posted Under: Nutrition & Food

Saving Ourselves: Increasing Representation and Changing the Black Breastfeeding Narrative

Posted February 26th, 2013 by

As I travel the country in my consulting work, I’m always asking everyone and anyone if they knew of any African American IBCLC’s. Sometimes I use my intrepid journalism skills and other times I must use more grapevine and Underground Railroad-like pathways. In some cities, there are stories and urban legends of black IBCLC’s but [...]

Is Too Much Being Asked of Mothers? Rethinking the “Burden” of Breastfeeding

Posted February 21st, 2013 by

Lately, I’ve been getting the feeling that too much is being asked of mothers. Yes, we are notorious multi-taskers and play into the Supermom archetype, but when you look at the political, social and economic landscape, the expectations upon mothers, I fear, is reaching tipping point status. What’s even more troubling is that, for many mothers [...]

Posted Under: Nutrition & Food

New York Magazine “Milk Culture” Column Gets it All Wrong; Undermines Women & Babies

Posted December 10th, 2012 by

As a woman born, raised and educated in New York City, I take any and all commentary, critiques, songs or even Haikus about my city, very seriously. And I admit, as a journalist with degrees from NYU and Columbia J-School (told you I was a New Yorker), I have an unusual predilection to facts. One [...]

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