Black Breastfeeding Week: Helpful Tips on How to Prepare for your Breastfeeding Journey

Like many of us, the moment I found out I was pregnant I started buying all the books, reading all the articles, and downloading all the apps. I knew I wanted to be very intentional about how I guide/raise my son. There are so many things parents have to decide to prepare for a baby, but the choice to breastfeed was a straightforward one for me. I didn’t think twice about it. I started researching, getting advice, and adding items to assist in my breastfeeding journey to my registry. On June 24, 2021, after 16 hours of labor and an emergency cesarean, my little boy came out and latched without hesitation, and the rest is history.

Breastfeeding was taboo to my family. Our village had to adjust to the vulnerability of my body because of this choice. If my baby was hungry, I was/am going to feed him. After a while, they started to joke about how often they saw me nursing him. My son is now 14 months, and we are still going strong. Though he eats solids, nursing is his comfort, and I am not quite ready to wean him off.