commentary, education

We Can Go to the Moon, But We Can’t Close the Achievement Gap

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

breastfeeding mamas, commentary, formula, WIC

Ties That Bind: WIC and the Big Three

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

commentary, health

Black Breastfeeding Rates and Baby Friendly Hospitals

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

commentary

I Loathe Dim-Witted People…Really, I Do!

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!

breastfeeding history, commentary

Finally Found the Slave Breastfeeding Poem

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