Black Breastfeeding Week promotes normality of nursing in Philly

Hadas Kuznits
August 25, 2019 - 4:00 am
The Beautiful Black Queens 4 Breastfeeding Awareness and Empowerment, or BBQ 4 BAE, say it's important to get the word out that breastfeeding is healthy, normal — and, yes, black women are doing it.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Sunday marks the beginning of Black Breastfeeding Week, and a Philadelphia-area group is holding its fourth annual kickoff celebration in West Philadelphia.

The Beautiful Black Queens 4 Breastfeeding Awareness and Empowerment, or BBQ 4 BAE, discussed 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, said 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.

The Beautiful Black Queens 4 Breastfeeding Awareness and Empowerment, or BBQ 4 BAE, say it's important to get the word out that breastfeeding is healthy, normal — and, yes, black women are doing it.
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Licensed social worker and international board certified lactation consultant Jabina Coleman said 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, oftentimes 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."
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Imani Davis said she loves breastfeeding.

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

Shantey Allen wants all moms to know there's nothing like it. "I just love it. I just love him so much. I can't get enough."
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Shantey Allen wants all moms to know there's nothing like it.

"I just love it,” she said. “I just love him so much. I can't get enough."

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