Black Women Breastfeeding – Jasmine

Today we’re hanging out with Jasmine! Thanks for celebrating Black HERstory month with us! Check it out ❤


What has your breastfeeding journey been like?

My breastfeeding journey has been challenging mentally but manageable physically.

I feel like that is the perfect way to say it. Breastfeeding can be challenging! Did the women in your family breastfeed?

My mother said she tried to nurse me for one day but was in too much pain from c-section recovery. Then she nursed my little brother for 3 months. My Aunt said she pumped for 6 weeks until her youngest was released from the hospital. My sister in law nursed both of her children for over a year, she is white.



It sounds like you’re blazing a trail for the next generation! What made you want to breastfeed?

My sister in law was the first person I really noticed and learned about breastfeeding from. I think she sparked my interest in learning about it. I learned more about it in college because I’m a birth-kindergarten education major. I learned about all the benefits of breastfeeding in college child development courses mostly.


Its awesome that you have your SIL to support you! What is the biggest bf challenge you’ve overcome?

The biggest breastfeeding challenge I have overcome was when I had to put my son in daycare and they had such strict rules about the way they handled breastfed babies. My son cluster fed at home at random times. Sometimes he would drink 1 ounce at a time other times 2.5 ounces. They needed to feed him on a schedule and if he didn’t finish a bottle they would dump my precious milk and it was very hard to keep my supply up because I only produce what my son would eat and nothing more. I ended up having to change daycares that would meet our needs and it was very stressful.


How frustrating! I’m glad you found a childcare provider who would support your breastfeeding relationship. Who are your biggest supporters?

My mother supported me all the way with breastfeeding she always sent anything she thought would make us more comfortable , whether it be nursing clothes, pillows, lactation tea & cookies. She was my cut man during the process.

My husband cooked all my meals and kept me comfortable, despite his uncertainty about me nursing in public he never discouraged me breastfeeding. Any decision I made regarding breastfeeding he supported the best way he knew how.

Supportive partners are worth their weight in gold! Tell us your favorite story about an experience with breastfeeding.

I don’t have a favorite story but I do remember always dreading going out in public with my baby because I was worried people would say something when I nursed him. So far no one has ever said anything to me or even seemed to notice when I nurse him. It made going out a little less stressful.

That is so common. Good for you for pushing through it! Is there anything else you’d like to share or encourage other moms?

I had to advocate for myself a lot during my breastfeeding journey. Don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in. The more confident you are ,then more than likely, no one will even think to question you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. We all have to stick together. I wouldn’t have made it this far if I didn’t have some milk donated to me because my freezer supply diminished when I started taking my son to daycare and I couldn’t keep up by pumping. Just asking for 50 ounces every now and then helped relieve so much stress and increased my supply!


Thanks for checking in with Jasmine and our blog team today. Happy Black History Month! Or should we say- Black HERStory ❤

Black Women Breastfeeding – Queen-Tiffaney’s Story

In honor of Black History Month, we are featuring some amazing Black mommas here on the blog! Check out this interview with Queen Tiffaney 🙂


Hey Tiffaney! So, what has your breastfeeding journey been like?

My breastfeeding journey has been actually a wonderful experience! I haven’t had any cases of mastitis or low supply. I’ve been blessed, kept up my oatmeal and water intake, and my daughter and I have thrived well!

Thats amazing! Congratulations! Did any of the women in your family breastfeed?

I have a few older cousins and aunts that did breastfeed, but my mom did not. Both my maternal and paternal grandmothers have passed away, so I honestly don’t know if they did.

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So if it wasn’t in the family, what was it that made you want to breastfeed?

I attempted breastfeeding my son who is 5 now, but I had little to no education about successfully breastfeeding. This time around my sister had exclusively pumped and my best friend had successfully breastfeed her son. I researched the entire 9 months I was pregnant, made Pinterest folders for breastfeeding, talked to other moms who successfully or unsuccessfully breastfeed, and I also joined maybe Facebook groups including Milky Mommas! This time I knew what I was doing, knew what negative signs to look for, and felt so much more prepared!

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Communities are so important for support, thats awesome. What is the biggest bf challenge you’ve overcome?

When my daughter was a month old, my kids dad decided he no longer wanted to be with me and left with no warning. I had no money for rent, bills were 2 months behind, and I had two kids to now care for alone. It was the hardest time of my life. I had seen nothing but darkness and tending to my beautiful daughter was no longer a wonderful blessing, but now a mistake and burden. I almost blamed her for his departure. My supply TANKED! I had to eat so much and drink so much water to keep up, and I honestly wanted to quit. Her smile no longer made my heart skip a beat. I felt like a failure to myself and my daughter. Breastfeeding was the only thing that kept us connected, it literally saved me and my relationship with my baby. I now would never second guess anything in my life!

Thats incredible! I’m sorry you went through that, but you’re amazing for pushing through it. Who are your biggest breastfeeding supporters?

My mom is my rock! Even though she didn’t breastfeed she’s such a great supporter. She has bought me so much to assist with breastfeeding, and even helped me buy a pump on the go.

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Tell us your favorite story about an experience with breastfeeding.

Every time the kids and I eat out my son says “Is sissy going to eat your chest?!”

Oh my gosh thats awesome, kids say the craziest stuff! Especially in public!  Last question- Is there anything else you’d like to share or encourage other moms?

I tell new mom’s “never doubt your body!”. Our bodies are amazing and they never let us down!! When in doubt latch, latch, latch!!

So true. Just keep nursing 🙂 Thanks for hanging out Queen-Tiffaney!

Black Women Breastfeeding – Teeanna’s Story

Due to systemic and cultural barriers, breastfeeding rates in the Black community are the lowest of any racial group. Despite those barriers,  millions of Black mothers have fought through it all to provide their babies with breast milk. So here, we are pausing to amplify their voices. In honor of Black Breastfeeding Week, we’re featuring a series of stories from Black women who breastfeed their babies and children.

First, we’ll hear from Teeanna. This mother of two is an inspiration, and we hope you’ll enjoy her interview!


Teeanna’s Story

What has your breastfeeding journey been like?

T: In the beginning, it was hard due to sore nipples and my daughter being a late term preemie. It was a little stressful at times because I was worried at first that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with her needs while I was away at work. Overall, it’s been pretty easy and our bond is incredible.

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Did the women in your family breastfeed?

T: My mom breastfed both my sister and I for 6 months each, other than that breastfeeding isn’t really a topic that’s talked about in my family. Almost all of my extended family exclusively formula fed from day one or they only tried to breastfeed for 1-2 months.

What made you want to breastfeed?

T: When I was pregnant with my oldest daughter I originally wanted to breastfeed because I heard it helped with losing the baby weight. I nursed her for 8 months but was never confident enough to do so in public. With my youngest daughter I really did my research on the benefits of breastmilk and I just knew it was something I needed to do for her. I wanted her to have the best start in life and I knew my milk was what she needed. I made up my mind during my pregnancy that I would not allow anyone or anything to keep me from meeting my goal to exclusively breastfeed her for 1 year.

What is the biggest bf challenge you’ve overcome?

T: I went into this journey knowing I’d be on my own. My daughter’s father and I broke up shortly after I got pregnant. The late nights, early mornings, washing, cleaning & sterilizing pump parts rested solely on my shoulders. To top it off, I commute 5 days a week (3 hours round trip) and work full time. There were so many times that I thought about how much easier formula would be, but I continued breastfeeding because I know her needs are greater than my own.

Who are your biggest supporters?

T: My mom, sister, and 7 year old daughter.

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Tell us your favorite story about an experience with breastfeeding.

T: My parents are divorced and right before my daughter turned 1 my dad had kept asking when I would be weaning her. My mom came to my defense before I could answer and said “quit asking her! She’s going to breastfeed her until she’s (at least) 2, so mind your own tits!” My dad fell out laughing and said “well I guess that’s that!”

Prior to having my daughter, Logan, my parents always believed it to be weird and/or unnecessary to breastfeed past 1 year. I know for certain I have normalized full term nursing for them & it makes me so proud that they have come to support my decision to nurse my toddler!

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

T: Remember your journey is yours and your baby’s journey alone. Do not let anyone dictate to you when you should wean or how frequently you should nurse your baby. It takes a tough mama to breastfeed, especially in the Black community. You don’t need permission nor do you need validation for choosing to give your baby the best!


I just love how her mom went to bat for her like that!  A supportive family is such an amazing thing. And how beautiful are her girls?? ❤ Did any part of Teeanna’s story touch your heart? Leave us a comment below, and keep checking back for more stories from amazing Milky Mommas like you!