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 ❤

Bottle Feeding the Breastfed Baby

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Paced Bottle Feeding

As we know, breastfeeding is not just nourishment. The leisurely pace of breastfeeding allows a baby’s brain to realize his stomach is full before he is overfull.
Paced bottle feeding is designed to mimic the “conversation” of breastfeeding. This helps avoid overfeeding via bottle, and allows mom’s supply to keep up with the amount fed to baby via bottle.
Most breastfed babies eat 19-30oz in a 24 hour period. This amount easily meets the caloric needs of the vast majority of babies.


What Bottle is the Best?

You likely don’t need to spend a ton of money on bottles. Use a standard bottle and the slowest flow nipple (premie or size 1). Every mom/baby will tell you a different bottle that worked for them. Trial and error will tell you what works for your baby.

How Long Should it Take to Feed a Bottle?

It should take at least 5 minutes per ounce of breast milk, or about 15 minutes for a 3oz bottle.

How Much Milk?

1-1.5 Ounces per hour, on average.
Make bottles small to start, 2-3 ounces, to reduce milk waste. Bottle size should not typically exceed 5 ounces. Formula bottles are a lot bigger, so caregivers may be confused and recommend you make bigger bottles. Gently explain to them why this is not ideally. Giving them the tear sheets linked above might help!
Read this site for more details on how much milk to give:


When to Feed?

Feeding your baby on demand is the best way to meet baby’s needs- offer milk before the baby starts to cry and root. It takes several minutes to warm and prepare a bottle, so be ready to feed when baby is ready. Most babies eat at least every 2-3 hours.
Young babies will want to nurse to go to sleep. Train caregiver to recognize your baby’s sleep signals and to get them to sleep before they are overtired.
Here is more information on hunger cues:

How to Determine Feeding Schedule:

Can you nurse at drop off and pick up? Can you visit baby on your lunch break to nurse?
This will reduce your pumping needs and the amount of bottles required. Plan extra time to nurse.
Plan for first bottle to be given 2-3 hours after last feeding. And then every 2-4 hours after.
Let caregiver know what time to not feed after. Call ahead and let them know you are on the way and not to feed the next bottle, if necessary. You are in control of the feeding schedule!
Only leaving for a little bit? Nurse before you leave and as soon as you get back!

Do I Need to Practice?

Yes! But let your partner or other caregiver (grandparent, friend) feed the bottle when you are NOT in the room. Babies know when their mother is nearby and know they can nurse. Leave a soiled shirt that has your scent for use. Have caregiver put it over their shoulder.

Help! My baby won’t take a bottle!

Check out these tips to help your baby take a bottle or take expressed breastmilk from a cup or spoon.
Bottle feeding is a normal part of breastfeeding life for many moms and babies in the 21st century. Learning to properly pump and bottle feed can offer you the freedom to be away from your baby for a date night, to return to work or school, or for some much needed self care. Rest assured, you will figure it out and your baby will be taking a bottle in no time.