Minority Moms & Breastfeeding : Lee's Interview

by - 2/22/2010 07:00:00 AM

Continuing my Minority Moms & Breastfeeding Interviews, this weeks interview is with Lee who is biracial. She has an African American mom and her father was Arab. Her husband is bicultural, he has an African American mother and a Ghanaian father.

  1. If your breastfeeding, how is the support from family/community? Does your mother/mother in law support you? Does your husband/partner?

  2. Lee: I had 100% support from all parties, my husband, mother and mother in law. My mother breastfed both my brother and I, and she did extended breastfeeding with me until I was two years of age. Breastfeeding is very common in both of our families so there was no opposition and it was pretty much expected.

    When I was pregnant, it never crossed my mind to NOT breastfeed. It was not until I joined the pregnancy forums that I realized so many women opted out of breastfeeding by their own hands or due to mechanical problems.

  3. If your working how does your company feel about you breastfeeding? Do they give you time to pump? Is there a policy in place for nursing mothers? Is your supervisor/boss/coworkers understanding?

  4. Lee: I work from home so employer issues were never a problem. I actually fly in to my companies HQ on a semi regular basis. They have a day care on site with nursing facilities. The handful of times we have actually been there and I have taken my daughter, nobody had a problem with me leaving the office to go down to the daycare to feed her.

  5. Do you feel there's enough information available to support you as a minority mom who wants to breastfeed?

  6. Lee: I would have to say no there is not simply looking at the rates of women who breastfeed in our community. There are also many factors, socioeconomic and cultural, that tend to be specific to minority women that also hinder breastfeeding. I believe in order to promote breastfeeding as the optimal choice among us the issue would have to be tackled from a broader perspective, and not simply be boiled down to the cut and dry on why breast feeding is beneficial.

  7. How did you/do you plan on breastfeeding?

  8. Lee: It was never a plan it was sort of an automatic decision for me. It never even occurred to me that there was a possibility that I couldnt until being exposed to other women via pregnancy forums. I plan on extended breastfeeding for my daughter until the age of 24 months.

  9. What advice do you have for a new mom with questions about breastfeeding?

  10. Lee: Breastfeeding can be difficult in the beginning but the benefits simply outweigh any of the inconvenience. I would advise new moms to not give up and exhaust all options. To surround themselves with people that support them and present research and information to those who are on the fence or may perceive breastfeeding in a negative light.

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