Diana Derige

    #BlkBFing: Making HERstory! A Black History Month blog carnival on breastfeeding and African American mothers

    Posted February 26th, 2013 by

    Good news arrived earlier this month in a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on breastfeeding rates. The CDC found that from 2000 to 2008, the percentage of women overall who initiated breastfeeding increased from 70.3 percent to 74.6 percent. During the same time period, breastfeeding rates at six months and 12 months increased significantly – for whites, Hispanics and African Americans.

    Just in time for Black History Month, we learned that we are reducing disparity, the gap between African American and white breastfeeding initiation rates narrowed from 24 percentage points to 16 percentage points.

    And yet a gap remains.

    As Kimberly Seals Allers eloquently describes in her post for Women’s eNews, this gap represents a complex reality. Over time, our health care system, our workplaces and our communities failed to support African American women in breastfeeding.

    Black History Month is an ideal time to reflect on this past and move to a stronger future.

    The CDC report highlights how far we’ve come. On behalf of the Kellogg Foundation, I’d like to take a moment to salute all of you who are working to bring us closer to the day when every woman has the support she needs to make an informed choice for her and her baby about breastfeeding, allowing even more babies to benefit from breast milk as their first food experience.

    Today’s blog carnival in support of the African American breastfeeding community is an encouraging manifestation of what we call the first food movement. It is of vital importance that all of us come together to increase breastfeeding rates across the board and to eliminate this disparity. I’m honored to join the conversation and heartened by the good work that I know will grow out of it.

    Thank you MomsRising, Reaching our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) and United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) for bringing so many together to support breastfeeding in the African American community.


    Alicia Barnes, the fanciful follies of a mississippi missus
    The Little Boobs That Could

    Anayah Sangodele-Ayoka, Fellow, MomsRising & Free to Breastfeed
    Beyond Controversy: Black Breastfeeding & Social Media

    Anjanette Davenport Hatter, Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association
    Breastfeeding: Obesity, Diabetes and Asthma Prevention

    April Walter Brown
    Engaging Fathers and Partners and Garnering Their Support of Breastfeeding

    Bernetta Knighten, Bernetta Style
    Breastfeed or Bottle

    Best for Babes Foundation
    Racial Breastfeeding Disparity Disappears at Baby Friendly Hospitals

    Cathy Carothers, Chair, United States Breastfeeding Committee
    Progress, Momentum, and Social Media

    Charee Hall, Charee Lenee Styles
    Breast Milk, The Best Milk

    Cheyenne Mateen
    Fighting Sickle Cell with Breastfeeding

    Christina Caldwell, Independent Journalist
    Black Moms Are Raising Volume on Breastfeeding

    Darcel, The Mahogany Way Birth Cafe
    Reports Say Black Women Don’t Breastfeed…

    Debi Ferrarello, volunteer Board of Directors of the U.S. Lactation Consultant Association
    Promoting Good Health Begins With Breastfeeding

    Diana Limongi, LadydeeLG
    My 15 Month Journey

    Dr. Melinda Harper
    The Touch for Life

    Ebeth Johnson, Breastfeeding Chef
    Does Diet Impact Breast Milk?

    Ericka Abrams, Public Health Practitioner & Doctoral student
    How to Beat Barriers to Breastfeeding in Labor and Delivery

    Jamita Stith
    What did you think they were for?

    Jasmin Saville
    As Goddesses Do…

    Jeanine K. Valrie, It’s a Better Home
    Creating a Legacy

    Jennifer Sherman
    Breastfeeding and all that jazz

    Jessica Fedenia, Our Milky Way
    Social Profit Works to Normal Birth and Breastfeeding

    Kimberly Seals Allers, Mocha Manual
    Saving Ourselves: Increasing Representation and Changing the Black Breastfeeding Narrative

    Latham Thomas, Author, Founder of Mama Glow
    Weapons of Mass Production…Breastfeeding

    Paperdollcincy, Paperdoll
    Breastfeeding tale

    Phoebe Farag Mikhail, Listen, Learn, Act and Reflect
    Perspective, and some chocolate chips in my oatmeal

    RoiAnn Phillips, Communications Manager, HealthConnect One
    Growing Strong: A Story About Quenesha and Her Son, Amor

    Sahira Long, President, DC Breastfeeding Coalition
    Against All Odds

    Shannon Shelton Miller, Freelance Writer
    Breastfeeding One, Nourishing Many

    Sojourner Marable Grimmett, Author
    Support Establishing Lactation Rooms in Public Places: Would You Eat in the Bathroom?

    Tangela Boyd, Mommy, Milk & Me
    Making Breastfeeding the “New Normal” for African American Mothers

    Tanya Kalehia Workman, The Subject Matter is Love
    Breastfeeding while lost in the woods

    Motherlove Herbal
    Could African American Moms’ Breast Milk Hold the Keys to Preventing Breast Cancer?

    Tytina Sanders-Bey
    A Breastfeeding Business Woman

    Tennille Patterson, Television Producer
    Young, Black and Full of Milk

    Tokunbo Koiki, Social Worker
    Memories of Breastfeeding

    Tyra Gross
    Answering the Call: Black Surgeon Generals All Promote Breastfeeding

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    1 Comment

    February 26, 2013 at 4:23 pm by Ravena

    I am a mother of three beautiful children ages 18yrs to 7mos and I breastfeed them all. It was the most fulfilling experience I’ve had , knowing that I was giving them the best source of nutritionon Earth. Just the way God intended it to be.



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