Minority Moms & Breastfeeding : Nakia's Interview

by - 2/15/2010 06:38:00 AM

Continuing my Minority Moms & Breastfeeding Interviews, this weeks interview is with Nakia who is African American.

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

  2. Nakia : My sisters are supportive, but they aren't parents, so they can't offer any practical advice. My mother and grandmother are both anti-breastfeeding, and my ex-husband was anti-breastfeeding, but he later realized that he wasn't going to dissuade me from it. My ex-MIL, during the one conversation we had, expressed a low opinion of breastfeeding.

  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. Nakia : I work from home, so the breastfeeding policy is ideal- anytime, anywhere, no need for a pump.

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

  6. Nakia : If it wasn't for the internet, I wouldn't have half the information and support I have. I think I would have continued, but I can't be sure if I would be successful.

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

  8. Nakia : I planned on breastfeeding before I gave birth for several reasons, including providing superior nutrition and immune protection, the affordability, and also, I have religious obligations to breastfeed.

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

  10. Nakia : Consider the source of all advice- and seek out those who nurse joyfully.

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