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Black Breastfeeding Week

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Photo by Malcolm Davie photography

 This week (August 25th-31st) has been #blackbreastfeedingweek and  I could not let it go by without sharing my own experience.⠀My journey with Benjamin was a joyful and tiring 7 months long.  After going back to work, my supply  gradually went down and I was sooo sad.

Breastfeeding and pumping around the clock was tough, but I could tell how much he loved it and I wanted to keep going but….

My body said otherwise and I was just grateful for the 7 month journey.

Why do we need a Black Breastfeeding Week, you might be wondering?  Here are 5 important reasons:⠀

1️⃣ High Black Infant Mortality Rate.black infant mortality rate is greatly contributed to by babies being too small, too sick or born too soon. The CDC estimates that increasing the rate of breastfeeding among black women could decrease the black infant mortality rate by 50%⠀

2️⃣ High Rate Of Diet-Related Disease.Many of the health conditions that plague the black community are ones that breastfeeding has been shown to prevent; such as SIDS and childhood obesity.⠀

3️⃣ Lack of Diversity in Lactation Field.There is a lack of diversity amongst breastfeeding professionals which feeds into the incorrect idea that black women don’t breastfeed. And it also leads to a cultural divide.⠀

4️⃣ Unique Cultural Barriers Among Black Women.The history of breastfeeding in the Black community has a lot of trauma which also feeds into the culture of breastfeeding while black today. Black women who were enslaved were often forced to breastfeed their slave owners children while their own babies starved.⠀

5️⃣ Desert-like Conditions in Communities.Food deserts mean that women do not have access to healthy food that supports breastfeeding.⠀Stats and facts courtesy of www.blackbreastfeedingweek.org and the CDC.

What was your breastfeeding journey like? What resources or tips did you wish you had?


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Skin Care: Natural Laundry Detergent

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Hey loves! I know it’s been a minute or two since I have posted. Mommy life, work life, and wife life were taking up every second of my 24 hours, and to be honest I was having a difficult time finding the energy to log on and post. At the end of the day, even my fingers were exhausted but, here I am!

Today I’m sharing my top picks for natural laundry detergent.

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7 Daily Affirmations For Self-Care and Success

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Now more than ever, I’ve realized the importance of strengthening my mind. Anxiety, stress, and procrastination will creep up on me if I don’t and I’m not trying to entertain that at all.

I remember when I was praying for God to bless my husband and I with a baby, and I had to write down positive things about my body. I wrote down that my body was healed. I wrote (and said) that we would have beautiful, healthy children. Even on the days when I could not see it, I had to tell myself that it would.

My game plan changes every few months usually but, right now I have decided to:

  1. Wake up between 5:30 and 6:00.
  2. Get my day started with prayer and affirmations.
  3. Get my body moving (stretching or a workout routine on YouTube or Instagram).
  4. Knock out some work (even 15 to 30 minutes helps a lot before the rest of the house is up).

I was never big on affirmations a few years ago because I felt like it was some fairy, “pie in the sky” stuff honestly. Combined with prayers though, it helps a LOT to get me in the right head space to face the day. Whenever I have one too many days where I feel overwhelmed, on edge, and unmotivated I know that I’ve fallen off of my routine.

Here a few affirmations that I say in my head and out loud sometimes. I also make a habit of writing them down in my journal:

I am exactly where I need to be. I welcome the challenges and opportunities that I am facing today and I will grow from them.

I push fear aside to take action in faith, because I know God is with me.

I honor my desires by asking for what I want.

I am amazed by my body and its abilities.

I am fearfully and wonderfully made, and I treat my body as such.

I practice self-care regularly.  I feel good about taking care of myself.

I embrace success in all areas of my life.

Your mind is so powerful! Get into the habit of doing and saying things that will promote good thoughts because it really does become your reality. Believe me, I know that some days it is tough but also know that it can and will get better.

Which affirmations are you repeating each day?