Black Women Breastfeeding – Yasmine’s Story

Today’s interview is with Yasmine. This nursing and working momma of 2 is so inspiring! Check out her interview below.

What has your breastfeeding journey been like?

My overall breastfeeding journey can be described as easy going and positive. I am currently nursing baby #2.  With my first baby I was super young (20) and in nursing school. I was able to pump for him for 6 months before outside forces (my mom, work, school) had me stop. With baby #2 I was settled in my career and older (26) and I was determined to breastfeed for the entire year. We are currently at 11 months and 2 weeks of exclusively breast milk, not one single drop of formula, and we will continue for as long as she wants.

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Did the women in your family breastfeed?

No one in my family nursed their children. My mom said it hurt, my grandmother said it hurt and all my aunts said “why, when there is formula?” My mother in law did nurse all 6 of her children.

What made you want to breastfeed?

Breastfeeding for me was an opportunity to provide the best for my daughter while building an unbreakable bond and that’s exactly what has transpired. She has been the healthiest little baby, no colds, or other illnesses.

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What is the biggest bf challenge you’ve overcome?

Our breastfeeding journey has been relatively easy. Taryn ( my daughter) has nursed very easily. Never had a problem latching or supply issues. The only challenge was finding a bottle she would take. Even now, she will maybe drink 1 to 2 ounces out of a bottle while I’m gone, but she prefers the tap.

Who are your biggest supporters?

My biggest support by far is my husband. He is a little uncomfortable with public nursing just because he is shy and doesn’t want any issues to arise. However, he loves that I breastfeed our daughter, we save on formula, and he has always got to sleep! Lol

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Tell us your favorite story about an experience with breastfeeding.

I have literally nursed everywhere. My most recent place was in the middle of the Luray Caverns tour. I usually try to cover (again my husband is a little shy on the boob being out) but this particular moment Taryn was not having it! So I’m full boob out in the middle of a cave tour feeding my daughter and a sweet older lady comes and stands beside me. Now I’m thinking in my head ” please don’t say anything, I’m from the south and I don’t want to be rude to an elderly person, but I’m not afraid to stand up for my rights as a breastfeeding mom” but to my surprise she whispered how amazing she thinks breastfeeding is. How natural and awesome it is for our children ! I thanked and agreed with her,and we went about our tour.

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

First, don’t stress, and allow others to help. Breastfeeding in the beginning is overwhelming, but it does get easier. Also, what works for your family may be different than what works for another. My anxiety was high after having my baby, I bed shared and never got a full night of sleep due to nursing on demand, but having her close to me kept me sane. For others, having baby in bed would be a source of anxiety. Do what is best for you and baby, and understand what works this month may be different next, be flexible. For example, I bed shared for 9 months and nursed on demand. Now, my lovely baby nurses around 8-8:30 and sleeps through the night in her own bed in her own room, and wakes to nurse between 7-7:30. Life with a nursing baby constantly changes. Be flexible and trust your mama gut! You got this!

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That is so encouraging, I love her note about being flexible. That is so crucial to motherhood! Did you relate to Yasmine’s story? Leave us a comment below, and be sure to check back for more Milky Mommas’ stories!

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