Black Women Breastfeeding – Shaun’s Story

Today we hear from Shaun. Make sure you read to the end and give her advice a try- it might be just the pick-me-up you need 🙂

What has your breastfeeding journey been like?

My breastfeeding journey has been an unexpected blessing!! I feel like I have learned so much about myself. I discovered a passion that I cannot confidently say would have been discovered if I chose not to breastfeed. My family has grown so much closer. We have shared some laughs and memories because of breastfeeding!  

Did the women in your family breastfeed?

I have never seen any woman in my family breastfeed. My mother never tried and it wasn’t until I started my breastfeeding journey that I found out my grandmother attempted to nurse, unfortunately it was for a short period of time.         

What made you want to breastfeed?

After seeing two friends breastfeed their kids and the convenience of not having to carry around formula and bottles, sparked my interest in breastfeeding. It was not until I was pregnant with my third child that I learned the nutritional aspect of breastfeeding.         

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What is the biggest bf challenge you’ve overcome?

My biggest breastfeeding challenge would have to be finding courage within myself. I embarked on a journey that was new to me and at times I felt isolated and scared. I had to stand firm with my actions as a mother regardless of the nay sayers.       

Who are your biggest supporters?

My biggest supporters are my husband, kids and god sisters. My husband has wiped my tears and cheered me on. He has encouraged me to keep going and made me laugh when I felt like giving up. He has researched information and sat by my side at breastfeeding meetings sharing his breastfeeding experience as a dad. My kids have stood tall and reminded some people that their brother is just eating and getting milk! My god sisters have asked for my advice and sent moms my way. They have also shared literature with me and wanted to learn about the benefits of breastfeeding.         

Tell us your favorite story about an experience with breastfeeding.

A funny experience breastfeeding was when my mom was holding my son. I nursed him to sleep and slowly put him down on the sofa to rest. My mom sat next to him to ensure he would not roll off of the sofa. A loud noise startled him and he woke up in a frenzy. My mom picked him up and tried to console him and get him back to sleep. Without hesitation, my son stuck his hand in my mom’s shirt and attempted to nurse. She screamed, scared him more and scared herself!! Everyone in the room busted out with laughter!        

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

I would like for the mother, or mom to be, to stand in the mirror and tell herself  that she is amazing! Also, look into as many breastfeeding resources she can. Use those same resources and invite those who plan on being a part of her support system. Education is important! Good luck and nurse on!!

Try that out! A little mantra like “I am amazing” can supply so much internal strength and perseverance. Wonderful! Do you have a mantra or phrase that helps you carry on? Share it below! ❤

 

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