Minority Moms & Breastfeeding : Jenine's Interview

by - 3/08/2010 07:00:00 AM

Continuing my Minority Moms & Breastfeeding Interviews, this weeks interview is with Jenine who comes from a very mixed race, West Indian family, but was born and raised in Canada. Her daughter’s father was born in Ghana but raised in the United States. Jenine also blogs at http://humpsandbump.blogspot.com

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

  2. Jenine : Breastfeeding my daughter was something that her father and I talked about while I was pregnant. I was very committed before having her, to breastfeeding as much as I could. My mother, grandmother and "mother-in-law" were all very encouraging about breastfeeding thankfully - all of which breastfed their children.

    Prior to having my daughter, I looked into local lactation support groups, such as La Leche League and the free lactation clinic at the hospital where I delivered, to keep in my arsenal in case I needed help. I didn’t end up using these support groups however.

  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. Jenine : I have not returned to work yet. I am on a one year maternity leave from my job – which is fairly common here in Canada. By law, the company that we work for must maintain your position or a comparable position and pay during that time.

    I can’t speak to whether my company would be pro-breastfeeding, because I don’t know if there is a formal policy in place. I can say though that they are very family orientated. Private boardrooms can be booked if you would like to pump in private.

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

  6. Jenine : I do feel that there is sufficient support out there for minority mothers who would like to breastfeed, however it is up to that person to seek out the information. I know a number of my friends who chose to formula feed – but I feel that their decision was based on lifestyle more so than lack of information.

    In fact, a few months ago I participated in my city’s Breastfeeding Challenge. It was actually organized by the Chinese / Vietnamese Breastfeeding Network. Certainly there were a number of Asian women in attendance through that network, however I felt the general audience was fairly mixed. It was encouraging to see so many people, with children of so many different ages, come out.

    I have written about Breastfeeding on my blog a few times. You can read those posts here:
    - http://humpsandbump.blogspot.com/2009/05/ode-to-breastfeeding.html
    - http://humpsandbump.blogspot.com/2009/10/if-you-havent-seen-my-boobs-yet.html
    - http://humpsandbump.blogspot.com/2009/11/written-with-one-hand.html

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