The benefits of breastfeeding are innumerable. Breastfeed babies have increased immune function, and are less likely to be asthmatic or obese. Being a nursing mother is difficult, being a Black, Latinx, or Indigenous nursing mother comes with a whole other set of barriers. If mothers and children are to successfully complete their breastfeeding journeys’ they need support. Support during this time is even more vital for BIPOC mothers and their babies who face glaring disparities in the areas of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), and access to after-birth support. As breastfeeding awareness month comes to a close, we wanted to highlight some of the entrepreneurs working toward making breastfeeding and birth care more accessible and culturally in tune for BIPOC nursing mothers.
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Krystal Nicole Duhaney, a board-certified lactation specialist and registered nurse, struggled with keeping up her milk supply after returning to work following the birth of her second child. She started Milky Mama because she knew other mothers were in the same situation. You’ll find multiple products aimed at increasing a nursing mother’s milk supply as well as a community of breastfeeding moms who are doing their best to support each other on their breastfeeding journeys. Krystal says “It was also important for me to create a village of support because I needed it and I craved it. Having the extra support is so vital…” Find out more about Milky Mama here.
Daybreak Star Doula is a Doula service offered by United Indians of All Tribes. The program aims to provide free birthing services to American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander peoples living in King County in Washington state. They support birthing parents prenatally through three months postpartum. They assist with a full spectrum of care including breastfeeding, through a culturally aware lens. Learn more about Daybreak Star Doula here.
The Irth App is like yelp for Black and Brown birthing people. Go to the app for reviews on prenatal, birthing, postpartum, and pediatric care providers from Black and Brown mothers. The app creator is working toward ending racism in maternity care by empowering pregnant mothers to share their experiences with health care providers. Those shared stories are turned into data inside of the app giving ratings to care providers and hospital systems, and allowing the communities they serve to hold them accountable.
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