Black Women Breastfeeding

When I was pregnant, many of my friends told me how wonderful it is to breastfeed your child. Constantly referring it to “liquid gold” and its endless health benefits. But when the time came, I felt tremendous anxiety. I had so many questions that I ultimately found myself sharing my struggles with my friends, upon which they responded with answers and encouragement.



When I first heard the phrase “Moral Monday” on Twitter (#MoralMonday), I assumed it was a social media phenomenon like Throwback Thursday (#tbt), Friday Follow (#ff), or Caturday (#caturday). Instead, this catchy phrase has a much deeper and just purpose. It is a revival of 1960s Civil Rights Era activism and the old-school-style protests that took place in the South. This movement is pushing back on conservative policy changes that began in North Carolina in the early 2010’s that directly harm many already marginalized communities in the state.

Breastfeeding Challenges in the Black Community


When I was pregnant I heard from many of my friends how wonderful it is to breastfeed your child. They talked of the “liquid gold” that is breast milk and rattled off an endless list of health benefits. What no one really prepared me for was how many questions I would have when it was a supposed natural process. And even more so, the anxiety I felt about properly feeding the tiny baby in my arms. The questions and struggles were daily and I found myself spreading my questions out to my friends who responded with answers and pep talks.