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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

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?

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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