After a pretty eventful Memorial Day, just slightly dampened by an hour of driving around in circles looking for a park, I rolled out of bed just in time to catch Bush's live press conference where he officially slapped sanctions on 31 Sudanese companies and three individuals who use the American banking system for their… Continue reading Breastfeeding in Darfur
This July will mark approximately eleven years since I've been in the workforce. The last place I worked was in a major department store's insurance division. It was meaningless, yet droll work with a definite hierarchy of haves and have-nots. Thankfully, at the time, I was attending a great university so people treated me with… Continue reading Boobs and Briefcases
So, Reuters picked up the story I mentioned early today about the Muslim cleric and his fatwa on breastfeeding, and I'm glad they did because they added more detail to the whole situation.[Stream of consciousness moment] I was interviewed by Reuters twice, but didn't get in either article. I'm still rather disappointed about that. I… Continue reading Symbolic Breastfeeding?
Every day I look at education news across the country and try to find evidence of black children making notable strides in their education and I can't find any. Either the good news is being kept silent, or black children have bigger problems than I thought. I keep repeatedly asking myself: Why can't we close… Continue reading We Can Go to the Moon, But We Can’t Close the Achievement Gap
Since I started this blog, I have been heavily in favor of WIC initiatives to get more poor moms breastfeeding. In fact, I've reported several instances where some of these new initiatives are actually working, and even an instance where it's working so well black children are getting rickets since breast milk contains no vitamin… Continue reading Ties That Bind: WIC and the Big Three
Living in a free and open society empirically means that we all can make personal choices that best benefit our own lives. If we want to go to school full-time and work simultaneously because we're driven, we can. If we want to eat a high-fat diet because we adore food, we can. If we want… Continue reading Formula-Feeding is Second Rate Medical Advice
Did you know that there are only 56 Baby Friendly Hospitals in the United States out of 19,000 worldwide? Did you also know that when black mothers give birth in Baby Friendly Hospitals, their breastfeeding rates go up significantly? In 2001, a research team from Boston University Medical School and Boston Medical Center tracked the… Continue reading Black Breastfeeding Rates and Baby Friendly Hospitals
I'm currently in a heated debate with Jennifer Daniels, an infrequent reader and anti-breastfeeding ranter who likes to make trouble on The Black Breastfeeding Blog. Some of you may remember her. She's the "Jennifer" who repeatedly called me Aunt Jemima because I refused to fall in line with her backwards thinking.I received an email today… Continue reading I Loathe Dim-Witted People…Really, I Do!
In all my years of blogging (since 2004), I've never been tagged before. In fact, I've never really been a part of a tight knit blog community to be tagged. I've always just moved in and out of blog circles, commented randomly and haphazardly, never really knowing anyone's names or sticking around long enough to… Continue reading I Feel So…So…Loved
After much searching and re-reading, I finally found this poignant poem about breastfeeding and slave women I mentioned yesterday. It was written by William Wells Brown, an American writer who is considered to be the first African-American to publish a novel. He was also the first to have a play and a travel book published… Continue reading Finally Found the Slave Breastfeeding Poem