Black Women Breastfeeding – Kendra’s Story

This interview with Kendra is going to make you want to high five her, AND her supportive husband. Its always encouraging to hear about the whole family unit supporting a nursing momma. Check it out!

What has your breastfeeding journey been like?

My breastfeeding journey started off a bit rocky, but has been pretty smooth for the majority of it. I’m so thankful for that.

Did the women in your family breastfeed?

A few women in my family breastfed. My mom breastfed me for several weeks before having to go back to work. Both of my sisters breastfed as well. One until she dried up 6 months in, and the other breastfed all 3 of her children.

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What made you want to breastfeed?

I’ve always wanted to breastfeed, even before I was pregnant. I thought it was the most healthy and natural way to feed my son, and also, it was free.

What is the biggest bf challenge you’ve overcome?

The biggest challenge I had to overcome was my son not latching. He latched perfectly fine in the hospital, then the night we came home he refused. I had to pump exclusively for about a month before he decided to start latching again.

Also, my mother in law has been a big advocate for formula. When I was exclusively pumping in the beginning, she basically told me on more than one occasion that I should give up and just do formula. Then my son had some reflux issues, she told us one of her doctor friends said we should give formula to help instead of breastfeeding, which was a lie. Then when my son became anemic she blamed the breastfeeding.  I’m so incredibly thankful that my husband defended our decision of breastfeeding time and time again and I am proud to say that my son has never had a drop of formula.

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Who are your biggest supporters?

My biggest supporter is my husband by far. He has helped me with latching, getting comfortable when cluster feeding was happening, washing pump parts and bottles, and supporting me with nursing wherever and whenever no matter who is around. He has been truly amazing.

Tell us your favorite story about an experience with breastfeeding.

I think my favorite story about breastfeeding is the one above. How supportive my husband has been throughout this whole thing.  

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

If there was one thing I could tell other moms, I would tell them to keep trying even when it gets hard. Also, choose what is right for you and your child. Breastfeeding isn’t for everyone.

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I love how amazingly supportive her husband is! Shout out to all the pump-part-washing partners out there- you rock! Does your partner support you? Let us know how in comments below, and be sure to check back for more interviews coming up soon!

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