Black Women Breastfeeding – Karissa’s Story

In the interview below, we’ll chat with Karissa. Her passionate spirit and the support from her family are heartwarming! We hope you enjoy her story.

 

What has your breastfeeding journey been like?

My breastfeeding journey over all has been really good. With my oldest I supplemented for the first 4 months due to misinformation about low milk supply. With the help of Milky Mommas and primarily Christine Rushing, I was able to stop supplementing and successfully breastfeed her for 18 months. I breastfed my second daughter for 19 months after getting help with a shallow latch in the beginning. I’ve been nursing my third daughter for 10.5 months so far with no issues.

Did the women in your family breastfeed?

None of the women in my family breastfed before me. I was the first and encouraged my sister to breastfeed after me. She breastfed her son for 16 months with support and encouragement from me while working full time and pumping a majority of the time. My husband’s mom breastfed all 4 of her children.

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What made you want to breastfeed?

When we found out I was pregnant my husband told me I was Breastfeeding because that’s what was best and most beneficial for baby.

What is the biggest bf challenge you’ve overcome?

The biggest breastfeeding obstacle I overcame was low supply and having low support. After overcoming this I was able to get my daughter off of supplementation.

Who are your biggest supporters?

My husband and my family members are my biggest supporters. They have helped me and encouraged me every step of the way.

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Tell us your favorite story about an experience with breastfeeding.

My favorite breastfeeding story was right after I had my second and third daughters even though they were c-sections and the doctor said breastfeeding may not come easy. We did skin-to-skin as soon as we could and my girls latched on and nursed like champs. All the research and encouragement I had received from others weighed heavier than the negative words from doctors.

Is there anything else you’d like to share or encourage other moms?

I just want to share that the best thing you can have before starting a breastfeeding journey is a support system. You need your “village” to support you when feeling discouraged or touched out. Make sure you stay hydrated, and once you make it past the first 6-8 weeks it’s a smoother ride. Nurse on Momma!

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Don’t you just love her perseverance and passion!? *swoon* Did you relate to any specific part of Karissa’s story? Leave her an encouraging comment below! Thanks for reading! 

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