World Breastfeeding Week is all about sharing – sharing love, sharing nutrition, sharing inspiration, sharing resources and sharing support. Our friends at the Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA) are partnering with us in our donation of over a quarter of a million dollars in nursing bras. Through our Ultimate World Breastfeeding Week program along with Best for Babes, we’re hooking up BMBFA moms with nursing apparel to help them on their breastfeeding journey.
BMBFA is a non-profit organization. Their mission is to reduce racial inequities in breastfeeding support for African Americans by building foundational networks of support and strengthening systems to overcome historical, societal and social barriers to breastfeeding success.
Speaking of success, here’s a beautiful story of one mother’s successful breastfeeding journey thanks to the help of BMBFA:
A random Facebook post from a former classmate connected me to an organization that has changed my life. I am currently using the Doula services of Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA). I began working with this organization at seven months pregnant. I was really interested in a Doula, but had recently gotten the news that c-section delivery might be in my future. I was excited to hear that a Doula could still be used, if that was the case and that is when my relationship with Olivia began.
Olivia, my wonderful Doula, came to my house on a Saturday morning because of my insanely busy schedule. I was so thankful of the flexible hours available with weekend appointments. I didn’t know what to expect when we first started meeting but I was thoroughly informed of what services were offered. We began meeting regularly and all of my first time mom questions were answered with patience and encouraging words. Coming from a family with no breastfeeding history, an outside resource was necessary. BMBFA’s services reached beyond breastfeeding for me. I had a lot of fears when I first found out a c-section might be in my future. After meeting, with Olivia for a few weeks, my fears were eased because I was so well informed and we had a thorough birth plan in place. After my c-section, Olivia was one of the first people in the room and I had the opportunity to show her the breastfeeding skills we had spoken about in depth.
Breastfeeding is something I knew I wanted to do, but I know I wouldn’t be doing it right now if it weren’t for BMBFA’s Doula Program and Olivia. Breastfeeding was terrible at first. I thought I had been punked. This natural and wonderful thing, for my child, was torturing me. Thankfully Olivia was so supportive and encouraging. She constantly reminded me that I could successfully breastfeed and never let me get down on myself. Breastfeeding has not come easy for me, I had a very low supply and I think many mothers give up when that is the case. If there was anything Olivia didn’t know she asked her supervisor or referred me to another resource. Breastfeeding is one of the things that I enjoy most about motherhood. My doubts were erased by constant encouragement from the cheerleader in my corner. The best part about BMBFA are the postpartum visits. This is where the organization is most valuable. They are there well after the newness of baby has worn off. The focus is on mom and baby’s physical and emotional wellbeing. My life and my daughters life is forever changed because of BMBFA’s Doula program. I know that Olivia is just a text or call away if I need anything at all, we have built a relationship over the past few months that is a true friendship.
I am forever grateful for the Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association, they have given my daughter the best start possible. This resource is priceless and an asset to the greater Detroit community.
Naomi a.k.a. Eden’s Mom, Detroit, MI
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