I am sharing my personal journey with breastfeeding because I know how it feels when breastfeeding doesn’t live up to what you’d hoped it would be. When I first became a mother, I was given a…double blessing: twins. Thrilled as I was, I was not prepared for anything that was to come, both in being a new mother to not one, but two on my first try, and adjusting to the realities that come with that territory. I was always one of the earliest girls in my age group to… >> Read More
For nine months, she grew within my body. She came into this world small, helpless, and still dependent on me. The nurse put her on my chest to breastfeed, she immediately latched on as if she knew…what she needed to do. Luckily, my body produces enough milk to enable me to breastfeed exclusively. Since her birth, over eight weeks ago, she and I haven’t parted. While I love her with every bone in my body, I’d be lying if I said it was easy. Between breastfeeding on demand (around the clock),… >> Read More
Would you let your partner try your breastmilk, and joke about it publicly? Recently, celebrity couple David Cross and Amber Tamblyn joked about how he tried her breastmilk and apparently, "loved…it." The couple married in 2012 and had their first child (and daughter) in February. Tamblyn told Us Weekly that she convinced her husband to try it, making it seem normal. "I was like, ‘This is an honorary thing that husbands have to do is drink their wives’ breast milk!'" I love how Tamblyn sort of tricked her… >> Read More
Can we talk about breastfeeding for a moment?
It doesn’t come so easy to many women. It didn’t for me. Moreover, it doesn’t come so easy to many observers, either. It’s fraught with…squeamishness and discomfort and awkwardness and shrouded in stress and anxiety and shame and guilt and pressure and embarrassment (and did I mention discomfort?)—l rolled into one. But since we’re all adults here, surely we can agree that something as basic as feeding a baby with essential sustenance deserves to be addressed with plain, open… >> Read More
Schamica “Mimi” Stevenson was recently photographed breastfeeding her son Josiah, and the photographs are powerful. Photographer Ivette Ivens wanted to photograph Stevenson because of her…unique story of strength and survival—Stevenson survived a house fire that killed her baby brother in 1985. She was only 2. Recently, Stevenson opened up about her experience in a Facebook post on the page Black Women Do Breastfeed. In the post, she described how she was able to become pregnant and give birth to her daughter 14… >> Read More