Black Breastfeeding Week Brunch

It’s that time again.

When I flood your timeline with photos, blog posts, and articles about Black Breastfeeding Week…and why it’s needed. If you aren’t familiar with this week, and the desperate need for it, read up on it here.

Now that that’s out the way, let’s celebrate. You see, I was hesitant to host a Black Breastfeeding Week Brunch at my home for several reasons.

Would anyone come? Would too many come, and I wouldn’t have enough room? Will they enjoy the informal get together (because I don’t have a thing planned 🤣)?

But guess what? I decided to do it. I promoted it in various spaces online, and I personally invited some friends. These ladies showed up and showed out — including some new breastfriends!

This year’s theme was #LoveOnTop, and from the Black Breastfeeding Week website, here’s why that was chosen:

“This year, we say #LoveOnTop because love encompasses everything we do as parents from breastfeeding to nurturing others. Love is also how we survive grief, overcome breastfeeding and parenting challenges and why we practice good self-care. This year we invite you, your family and your community to put Love on Top of it all!”

We couldn’t leave out an important component of the theme — remembering the babies that are no longer with us. I invited any of the moms who lost their little one, whether they made it earth side or not, to write their names on a card and light of candle in memory of them. A child is never forgotten in a mom’s heart.

Finally.

I did a thing.

To some, it may not seem like a big thing. But to me, it is. Maybe it’s because I dragged my feet and took longer than I expected to…but I finally completed my accreditation.

I am, officially, a La Leche League Leader.

I breastfed my 3 children, but each had very different struggles. I wish I had a support group 11 years ago.

Thankfully, I found a LLL group (and many other groups after), to help me. Everyone seems to think that breastfeeding should be easy. If you prepare for job interviews, driver license tests, and birth, why wouldn’t you prepare to breastfeed?

I never thought that I’d be able to help other mothers feed their babies, because what did I know?  Well, the little I knew then, was enough to propel me to learn more.  A special thanks to the ladies who helped me to achieve this goal…you know who you are!

Now, I get to continue helping moms breastfeed their babies!