Black Women Breastfeed – Marquita’s Story

Marquita is seriously super woman. In this interview, she discusses her challenges with going through Grad School and nursing her son, and she is the epitome of the modern woman, juggling all of the things at once. She’s so inspiring! Check out her story below.

What has your breastfeeding journey been like?

My breastfeeding journey has been amazing thus far. I have a great support system. I have experienced a clogged duct, chapped nipples, and Graduate school all while nursing my LO. Although I initially set a goal of a year, I decided to allow my LO to self wean (wish me luck lol)!!

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Did the women in your family breastfeed?

The women in my family did not breastfeed. My mother tried to breastfeed me but she didn’t have the support needed to continue her journey. Sadly, formula was pushed on her at the hospital soon after she gave birth.

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What made you want to breastfeed?

I use to be extremely ignorant and judgmental of nursing mothers. I changed my whole outlook on breastfeeding once my best friend, Andrea, had her daughter. The connection that they shared was inspiring. I knew then that I would breastfeed my child when the time came. Andrea taught me a lot about breastfeeding and gave me the strength I needed to succeed.

What is the biggest bf challenge you’ve overcome?

The biggest breastfeeding challenge I have overcome is the extremely sore, chapped nipples. I would cringe every time my LO would latch on during the first few weeks. I always say, if you make it past the month, it becomes a breeze!

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Who are your biggest supporters?

My mother is by far my biggest supporter. She knows how important breastfeeding is to me. She never questions me and loves to learn new things. When I nurse uncovered in public, she stands by me with so much pride. I seriously wouldn’t have made it this far without her support.

Tell us your favorite story about an experience with breastfeeding.

My favorite experience would be the time I nursed my son, uncovered while presenting my Graduate School Project. It was so liberating! I felt I did my part to normalize breastfeeding. No one made me feel uncomfortable, no one told me to cover up. I was met with warm smiles and overwhelming support.

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

I had my LO during my last year of Graduate School. The tears, and sleepless nights were all worth it. To look down and see my LO looking back melts my heart. I want other mothers out there to know that You CAN do it!!! Don’t give up!!!

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Isn’t she amazing? I love that she nursed while she presented her Grad project! You go momma! What is the most interesting spot you’ve breastfed? Leave us a comment below, and check in soon for more interviews.

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