Local group aims to normalize breastfeeding during Black Breastfeeding Week

BBQ4BAE puts their love on top

Hadas Kuznits
August 25, 2018 - 11:16 am
BBQ4BAE co-host Jabina Coleman holds a city proclamation for recognition of her group’s work during Black Breastfeeding Week.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A free event in West Philadelphia on Sunday aims to help normalize breastfeeding in the black community.

In honor of Black Breastfeeding Week, the third annual BBQ4BAE in Clark Park hopes to spread awareness about this important health issue.

"The goal is to provide awareness and empowerment, education and support to the Philadelphia community, specifically the black and brown community," said event co-host Jabina Coleman.  

The more women see people who look like they do breastfeeding, she said, the more comfortable they're likely to be doing it themselves.

The "family affair" cookout on Sunday — hosted by Beautiful Black Queens 4 Breastfeeding Awareness and Empowerment (BBQ4BAE) — attempts to create a safe space to normalize breastfeeding.

"It's important to have Black Breastfeeding Week because of the health disparities that we see with breastfeeding in comparison to the dominant culture," she added. "Breastfeeding does come with a lot of health benefits ... so I definitely see it being a huge and lasting impact on generations to come."

Coleman said institutionalized racism and other factors prevent many black women from getting the support they need to succeed. 

"There are folks our there that look like you that are doing it and they are willing to support you through the process," she added.