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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

In 2008, Harlem Hospital became the first hospital in New York City to gain the special ‘Baby Friendly’ recognition for promoting breastfeeding among it’s mothers–mostly who are African-American and African. Being recognized as a baby-friendly hospital/birth center includes not distributing formula as well as supporting the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, created by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), defines itself as:

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding. The BFHI assists hospitals in giving mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies or feeding formula safely, and gives special recognition to hospitals that have done so.

Baby-Friendly USA is the national authority for the BFHI in the United States. According to their website, as of December 22, 2011 there are only 125 US-Baby Friendly Hospitals and Birth Centers. You can find their interactive map here.

This video is part of the Women’s eNews Black Matetnal Health Series. Find more info on this series here.

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week and all the beautiful breastfeeding mamas globally, we will be extending the deadline for submissions to Liquid Gold: Black Mothers on Breastfeeding.

The new submission deadline is October 1, 2011.

We have received some beautiful, intimate, humbling, tear-jerking, powerful, gut-busting, thoughtful, and insightful submissions. Thanks to all of you amazing, revolutionary mamas. We are humbled by your honesty and thank you for trusting us with your thoughts. Please continue to spread the word to Black mamas you know.

So more about World Breastfeeding Week (WBW):

According to the World Health Organization,

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration made by WHO and UNICEF policy-makers in August 1990 to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

I love how breastfeeding is being celebrated everywhere. Still sad about how the access to these events and/or advocacy are still scarce in many communities. As a peer educator, I’ve been thinking of what I can do to support women in my community and to celebrate their courage to breastfeed.

I have a couple of ideas but stay tuned to find out more.

In the meantime enjoy this WBW flash mob tutorial created by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). If you can make it through to the end please, take a good listen to the music and check out the lyrics below.

Lyrics:

listen up
imma rap about breasts
cuz ev’ry other song
has a line about her chest

and the world’s OK with
the sex context
but feed the future and
the world’s like

what the heck?
they call it a rack

turn a gift of god
into a sales contest
and treat ev’ry woman
like an item on the shelf

major corporations and
snakeoil quacks
claim to replace
what’s nature’s best

with powdered potions,
subliminal ads

enough of that
it’s time to act
k and waba say
time to take your breast back

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