Black Women Breastfeeding – Tiara’s Story

Today’s first interview is with Tiara. There is nothing we love more than hearing about a mom who has joy in her journey, and Tiara is such a joyful momma! Her passion and love for breastfeeding and for her son shine through here. The images used in this post are from Wild Prairie Photography and you can check more out here. Check it out!

What has your breastfeeding journey been like?

Overall, my breastfeeding journey has been absolutely fabulous. The first few weeks, as I’m sure most moms know are hard. You’re up every 2-3 hours, nursing, your nipples start to hurt, sometimes crack and maybe even bleed. I never had any of those issues,  except the pain from the constant cluster feeding, but as the weeks passed on by, Tristan was a great nurser. Tristan just turned a year on 8 August and we are still breastfeeding with no plans to stop.

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Did the women in your family breastfeed?

As far as I’m concerned, I am the first to breastfeed my child. My mom never could breastfeed me, because she was in the military and they weren’t too supportive of leaving to go pump, etc 20+ years ago.

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What made you want to breastfeed?

The benefits from nursing made me want to nurse Tristan. Also, I know what my babe is eating. I do not have to worry about reading contents of formula and I do not have to worry about making sure that he’s not allergic to certain kinds of formulas because he’s getting all of his milk from me.

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What is the biggest bf challenge you’ve overcome?

The biggest challenge through this journey is not being able to pump. I’ve tried hospital grades, manual pumps, electric pumps, lactation consultations, etc. I have never been able to produce any milk for a “stash”. I am so thankful for the friends around me who have donated to me to keep my babe fed when I’m working or away from home for long periods of time.

Who are your biggest supporters?

My biggest supporter is my husband. My husband doesn’t ask me “when do you plan on stopping,” he doesn’t look at me crazy, he always encourages nursing Tristan. He has always wiped my tears when things have gotten hard or I’ve felt like giving up because the cluster feeding was frustrating. When we’ve had people looking our direction, he always stares back and is ready on demand to let someone know that it’s natural and to stop looking.

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Tell us your favorite story about an experience with breastfeeding.

To be honest, I do not have a favorite “story” when it comes to breastfeeding, but I will say that I absolutely love when we’re in public and women, other moms, are encouraging you, telling you how amazing you are for nursing in public without a cover and how they wish they could be as strong as you were!

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

N E V E R give up and ALWAYS try. Do not assume that you don’t want to nurse because it’s going to hurt or you don’t want a babe “clinged” on to you. The bond that we have is something that I love more every day. The cuddles, the kisses, the way he looks up and smiles, at me. I provide comfort for my babe and that makes it even better. Seriously, if you can nurse, try it and go with it! It does get easier!

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Doesn’t she just make your heart happy? I love this interview so much. Leave Tiara a happy thought of your own below, and check back for more interviews soon!

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