Black Breastfeeding Week kicks off in Philly

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Sunday marks the beginning of Black Breastfeeding Week and a local group is holding their 4th annual kickoff celebration in West Philadelphia.

The Beautiful Black Queens 4 Breastfeeding Awareness and Empowerment, BBQ 4 BAE, spoke with KYW Newsradio about why this week is so impactful for the health of both women and children.

Pam Newman, a member of the twice monthly Bae Cafe breastfeeding group at the Blackwell Free library, says it’s important to get the word out that breastfeeding is healthy, normal, and yes, black women are doing it.

“I really think that it’s important for black women to be exposed to breastfeeding as something normal because our community has had formula really pushed down our throats,” she explained.

Licensed social worker and international board certified lactation consultant Jabina Coleman says breastfeeding groups are about more than just breastfeeding — they’re about making connections with other moms and babies.

“To be able to have women that look like you, that are your neighbors in your community and they’re also having the same experiences, often times as you are, and not just with breastfeeding but other experiences as just being a black woman,” Coleman said.

Imani Davis says she loves breastfeeding.

“It’s healthier for the baby,” she said. “It’s a good bonding experience and it’s cost effective.”

Shantey Allen says she wants all moms to know, there’s nothing like it.

“I just love it,” she said. “It’s like I just love him so much, I can’t get enough.”

The annual BBQ 4 BAE event will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Clark Park, in West Philadelphia Sunday.

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