As a white woman I’m not going to say that I understand first hand the struggles black women go through in their breastfeeding journey. Because I can’t. It’s not my struggle or culture. But it’s a struggle that I think matters because I want to do anything I can to support other mothers and babies. One Facebook comment that particularly hit me was when a black woman said that she wasn’t receiving support in her family for breastfeeding because it was a “slave thing” to do. As a white woman, this is not a hurdle I ever had to jump with my family. I never had to overcome a stigma of breastfeeding being a “slave thing” or an income symbol. But black women do, and that shouldn’t be dismissed.
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