So, I’m not a “check the postal mail everyday” kind of person. Who needs another bill on the coffee table anyway? But when I checked my mail box the other day, the only thing that was in there was an envelope addressed to Green Diva Super. I immediately knew what it was!
Culturally appropriate breastfeeding activism SWAG!!
Pretty cool, aren’t they?!! I was gifted them by one of my most favoritest bloggers: Lactation Journey.
Since the beginning of my breastfeeding activism, I have been seeking out (read: stalking, lol) other Black women that address the topics of breastfeeding and health disparities in the Black community. It was right before the launch the Free to Breastfeed site that I came across Lactation Journey and was instantly hooked.
Lactation Journey is written by Acquanda S. who is a feminist, an anthropologist, and of course, a Black woman passionate about breastfeeding in the Black community. She writes about her journey to becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), one of the breastfeeding-support professions that desperately need more Black women becoming certified in. In the state of Washington, home of Lactation Journey, Black IBCLCs are rare, if not non-existent.
Here is what Acquanda says about breastfeeding and her “lactation journey”:
This is a journey. It is not simply a task where I learn the steps of attaching an infant to its mother’s breast. That’s the easy part, I’m sure. I am hoping to explore this area via a holistic approach — examining cultural traditions, ritual, language, and all aspects of infant feeding and nurturing through the various ways it is expressed and experienced. My dream is to help create and maintain a positive atmosphere for Black women and all women who choose to participate in this wonderful, healthy tradition, and to encourage other women and men to advocate this area – especially those ‘non-traditional’ ones who, like me, do not have children, and who are often seen as not needing to concern ourselves with this area, to join in.