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RBG in Cyberspace!

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This is what I found when I googled: “African woman breastfeeding baby”

It’s hard to believe we’re 27 months strong with breastfeeding.

Feed them babies, ya’ll! RBG for life!

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Happy World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month!

Ahimsa and I got together to send a special shout out those RBGs out there. We hope you like it.

 

In solidarity,

Jeanine @greendivasuper

The Wonders of Mother’s Milk
by Mishawn Purnell-O’Neal

This book, The Wonders of Mother’s Milk by Mishawn Purnell-O’Neal, has been a staple at bed time in my home for quite some time now. Ahimsa and I just love the language and its vibrant illustrations. I appreciate the ethnic and racial diversity of the mamas and babes in the book; a culturally appropriate read in my opinion.

Using age-appropriate language, the topics discussed in the book include: the health and emotional benefits of breastfeeding, de-stigmatizing breastfeeding in public, breastfeeding mothers who work outside of the home, the notion of mother’s milk being green (yes!), and extended breastfeeding.

I’m excited to learn that The Wonders of Mother’s Milk is now available as a download for the iPad and iPhone. The book is offered through iBooks as an enhanced version which offers a “Read-To-Me Option” by a professional narrator. I believe that this is the first children’s book with a breastfeeding theme that’s being offered in this kind of digital format. The cost of the download is super affordable too!

A Kindle Edition is also available for download!

I got the enhanced version on my iPhone and can I just say it is so cool!! It really came in handy on our recent road trip to Nashville. Ahimsa enjoyed reading something she was familiar with and having it read aloud to her over and over again. I truly appreciate how, when read aloud, the words are highlighted in red, something necessary for young readers developing their literacy skills.

Thanks to the author Mishawn Purnell-O’Neal, I will be giving away a promotional code for the digital version of The Wonders of Mother’s Milk.   Leave a comment on this post by Saturday, June 9, 2012 and it will count as your entry. All names will be entered with a winner selected at random via random.org. I will announce the winner in the comments section by 5:00 pm, June 9th. Winner must respond within 24 hours, or another will be selected.

Jeanine @greendivasuper

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!!

yes, yes, yes!

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.

So check out Lactation Journey and get yourself some of those cool-a*! buttons now!

Jeanine @greendivasuper

Free to Breastfeed: Voices from Black Mothers, the book, is in the home stretch and scheduled to be released soon. We want you beautiful, breastfeeding, Black mothers to come out and hang with us for our cover art photo shoot!

Free to Breastfeed Photo Shoot & Cafe

Saturday, March 31, 2012

3-6 pm

618 S Michigan Ave. (cross street Balboa)

Chicago, IL 60605

Bring you gorgeous selves, your babies, and your smiles for a amazing afternoon of breastfeeding goodness!

Meet other Black breastfeeding mothers!

Share your breastfeeding stories!

Be on the cover of Free to Breastfeed: Voices from Black Mothers!

Spread the word!!!

For more info email: jeanine@freetobreastfeed.com.

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Often, I find myself singing the “milks” song to my daugther. It’s pretty simple: “milks, milks, Himi loves milks.” I was singing this in the dark when I thought about the mothers all over who were breastfeeding their babies right at this moment. What were they singing?

Interested, I did some research. I was amazing to find this video by Cameroon Link  of the NKah Women of north west Cameroon using this song to promote breastfeeding in their country.

I don’t know about you but I love the lyrics:

Only breastfeeding, we no go tire, we no go tire

Only breastfeeding, we no go tire, Only breastfeeding, we no go tire

Only breastfeeding, we no go tire

We no go tire

As stated on their website, Cameroon link or camlink, is a registered charity, not-for-profit organisation created on the 9th September 1991 with head office in Douala, Cameroon. Its objectives include the promotion of food security through interaction with small scale farmers and breeders with media practitioners, especially those involved in community radio action. Media action focuses on poverty alleviation through the promotion of food and nutrition, community health development, women’s empowerment, human assistance, advocacy, education and communication on the rights to adequate food for all.

Some of the activities supported by camlink are the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding of babies for the first six months and advocacy for the promotion of the International Code on the marketing of breast milk substitutes. They were also major participants in 2011’s World Breastfeeding Week.

Another awesome video by Cameroon Link is the Cameroon Breastfeeding Hymn.

The Cameroon Breastfeeding Hymn is a song that was composed to promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of the life of a baby. It is sang by expectant mothers and lactating mothers who attend pre-natal and post natal counselling sessions at Cameroon Link and its affiliate associations. It guides mothers on the importance and relevance of breastmilk and the dangers of using formulae before the baby is six months old. It also encourages mothers to compliment breastfeeding of babies from six months with continued breastfeeding up to 24 months and above within the context of the Cameroon National Code.

What are some things you sing to your babies as you nurse them?

I have to admit it.

I really have been enjoying the “sh*t people say” videos. Some of them are hilarious! Soul Veg Mama and I got to spend some time together on her recent trip home. This is our version:

Along with the video, we created a Facebook page. If you want more from us, learn about the upcoming book, or get support and advice check out the Free to Breastfeed: Voices from Black Mothers Facebook page.

Free to Breastfeed is a online support network which addresses the breastfeeding inequities amongst Black women as well as provides support and a centralized place to connect with other Black women who breastfeed.

Free to Breastfeed was started by us, two blogger mothers interested in normalizing breastfeeding in our community by increasing the visibility of nursing Black mothers online. Our initial project, the Brown Mamas Breastfeed Project, was a huge success and only solidified our belief that more Black women wanted to breastfeed but desperately needed the support to reach their breastfeeding goals. Our mission is to raise awareness of and provide basic breastfeeding education relevant to Black women.

“Like” us and stay tuned for updates about the book.

Also, follow us on Twitter at: FreetoBF

What are some crazy things people have said to you while breastfeeding?

My family convenes every year for about 4 days at the end of November to love up and recharge each other for the year coming. I love seeing my family and hate to miss the precious times we are all able to see each other. This year’s “Thanks Taking” event was held in McDonough, GA; 735 miles from wintry Chicago.

We drove down there. Imagine, 12 hours with my 6′ 1″ partner, our 2 month old baby, me, and tons of baby and adult necessities– all in a compact rental car. Surprisingly, Ahimsa did very well on the ride, only waking every now and then to let us know she’s hungry. It was actually me that kept having anxiety fits on the road. All in all, the ride wasn’t bad at all. Watching the colors change from brown to green as we drove further and further south was something magical.

This year was especially important for us. The family had two beautiful, new additions-my 2 month old baby Ahimsa and my new niece, Selah (also born at home), who is 5 weeks younger.

Can you say too cute!? These two cuddle duds were the life of the party. Big cousins, aunties, and uncles got a kick out of passing them around like hot biscuits.

I loved seeing everyone and spending time in the warmth of loving arms and nature-Marsha, Elizabeth, Nika, The Flemings, Kye, Selah, Jeanetta, Rod, Skip, and Louise. And most definitely Walter and Ahimsa. I am truly thankful to be loved by family. It’s uplifting and confirms who I am.

Who or what confirms you?

happy friday folks! i’ve been listening to dead prez’s new mixtape “RBG: Revolutionary but Gangsta Grillz“. i’m really feeling it.  thought i’d do my own version of RBG.  how’s this for starters…

RBG: REVOLUTIONARY BREASTFEEDING GODDESS!

stay tuned for more breastfeeding inspiration.

beauty…

RBGs…where u at?!

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