Philadelphia, PA – Normalize Breastfeeding Tour

Philadelphia, PA – Normalize Breastfeeding Tour

I touched down in Philadelphia just in time to celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week with one of our local chapters. If I were to tell the stories behind HOW we plan these tour stops that would be another blog in and of itself! I “met” our Philly admin, Jabina Coleman, CLC (Certified Lactation Counselor) when we ... Read More
 
New Orleans, LA – Normalize Breastfeeding Tour

New Orleans, LA – Normalize Breastfeeding Tour

Up Against Some of the Lowest Rates in the Country

Normally, I fly in on a Thursday so that I have time to get settled. For this particular location, I felt that it was important to consider the needs of my family first. I made arrangements to change my flight to leave on Friday morning instead because on Thursday, July 27th, was the first day ... Read More
 
UPDATED: After WIC Brand Makeover, NWA Announces Breakup with Formula Companies

UPDATED: After WIC Brand Makeover, NWA Announces Breakup with Formula Companies

The National WIC Association announced its decision to sever ties with infant formula manufacturers at the their conference in Denver, Colorado this morning. The press release reads: “Denver, CO: This morning, National WIC Association (NWA) Board of Directors Chair, Donna Bister, announced during NWA’s 2016 Nutrition Education & Breastfeeding Promotion Conference the Association is ending ... Read More
 
EVENT: Charlotte, NC #NBFtour

EVENT: Charlotte, NC #NBFtour

October 22, 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center will be sponsoring our tour efforts in Charlotte, North Carolina. The best part about this tour stop is that it is where our largest local chapter has grown to over 500 members online in only about 18 months! It is quite an on honor ... Read More
 
EXCLUSIVE: “Breastfeeding Supporters” Leave BFMT for Celebrating #BBW16

EXCLUSIVE: “Breastfeeding Supporters” Leave BFMT for Celebrating #BBW16

#CommitToSomething #NormalizeBreastfeeding

The owner of Breastfeeding Mama Talk, Kristy Kemp, has used her platform to support breastfeeding in many ways. Last week, she aligned her community with the efforts of Black Breastfeeding Week, which is celebrated annually August 25-31. She manages the largest following in the online breastfeeding community and actively uses her influence to promote change regarding discrimination ... Read More
 
52 Candid Moments Exude Black Breastfeeding Feels from the #NBFtour

52 Candid Moments Exude Black Breastfeeding Feels from the #NBFtour

#BBW16 Black Breastfeeding Week 2016

As we kickoff Black Breastfeeding Week 2016 as part of  the Instagram Takeover, it is only appropriate that I share my extensive documentation of black mothers breastfeeding over the past year. However, I want to encourage everyone who views these photos to take a moment to educate themselves about why this week even exists. It is a celebration ... Read More
 
Chicago, IL – Normalize Breastfeeding Tour

Chicago, IL – Normalize Breastfeeding Tour

Badass Breastfeeding in Downtown Chicago

The week leading up to this tour location was insane. My children switched schools because of changes in the district so spent my last couple of days at home cleaning and getting things in order. I also started a new workout regimen and my metabolism has shot way up so I wake up everyday at ... Read More
 
San Diego Judoka Breastfeeds Toddler at California State Games

San Diego Judoka Breastfeeds Toddler at California State Games

Featuring Heisei Judo Dojo at Southwestern College

If you are following my personal profile on Facebook you know that I have been training Judo at the Heisei Judo Dojo in Chula Vista twice a week for more than a year! I have been making an effort recently to be more consistent with training since I am often out of town for the ... Read More
 
Time to Blow the Whistle on “Mommy Wars”

Time to Blow the Whistle on “Mommy Wars”

WHO Code Violators Exploit Families to Enhance their Brand

Last week we celebrated the second “Normalize Breastfeeding Day” as five Mayors across the country took a stand for breastfeeding families worldwide. Unfortunately, only hours into the full-day event schedule, the event was accidentally cancelled according to Facebook Customer Service. This accident removed 933 users who RSVP’d from the event and instantly deleted 3000 shares ... Read More
 
Press Release: 2nd Annual “Normalize Breastfeeding Day”

Press Release: 2nd Annual “Normalize Breastfeeding Day”

Proclaimed by 5 Mayors in the United States to Help Normalize Breastfeeding

June 27, 2016 is our 2nd Annual Pledge Event – #idtNBF16 the International Day to Normalize Breastfeeding. Join us as we collaborate with organizations worldwide to celebrate the launch of this project two years ago. In 2015, the event reached more than 185,000 users on Facebook alone. A total of 4,962 people participated, last year, in sharing memes that ... Read More
 
Oklahoma City, OK – Normalize Breastfeeding Tour

Oklahoma City, OK – Normalize Breastfeeding Tour

When Life Happens, Give a Gift of Love

I headed out to Oklahoma City and man was I in for a surprise! This city has the kind of hometown feel that made me want to pack up my family and move there right away – if I could only bring the San Diego weather along with me! I arrived midday and was picked up by my host, ... Read More
 
Washington, DC – Normalize Breastfeeding Tour

Washington, DC – Normalize Breastfeeding Tour

Breastfeeding Laws & Combat Boots

Only one word describes my trip to Ashburn, Virginia and Washington, DC — unforgettable. Friday afternoon, I was invited to present my work at the Loudon County Breastfeeding Coalition Meeting, which was held at the INOVA Natural Birth Center. It was a great opportunity to connect with their local lactation consultants. Afterwards, we headed to ... Read More
 
Nationwide Nurse-In 2016 Giveaway

Nationwide Nurse-In 2016 Giveaway

Last year Laura Delmonico created a national effort to raise awareness about breastfeeding and pumping laws in the United States. It is an annual event, held at every state capitol building, called the Nationwide Nurse-In! Breastfeeding and pumping laws are beneficial to mothers across the country, however many moms are unaware that certain laws exist ... Read More
 
Las Vegas, NV – Normalize Breastfeeding Tour

Las Vegas, NV – Normalize Breastfeeding Tour

Unveiling the Normalize Breastfeeding Tour

Even though our original theme of the #NBFtour was to hold a meetup event in the areas where we have local groups, it just wasn’t a good fit for the tour regarding the expenses that come along with it. I had to rethink it all QUICKLY to make sure that the tour didn’t lose its ... Read More
 
Countless Black Breastfeeding Moms Share Gripping Dad-With-Baby Photos

Countless Black Breastfeeding Moms Share Gripping Dad-With-Baby Photos

Community Trail Blazers: Mocha Milkies Cafe - Breastfeeding Support for Black Moms

It is undeniable when you turn on your television today, that you will see and hear about negative stories regarding black men in the media. Day after day, month after month, year after year, the body count grows in street wars and among those who are incarcerated. It is very difficult to look at the ... Read More
 
Choosing Not to Breastfeed Was My Revolutionary Act

Choosing Not to Breastfeed Was My Revolutionary Act

Guest Blogger LaSha, The Kinfolk Kollective

Within 30 minutes of the delivering my son, a lactation nurse was in my room giving me information about breastfeeding. She was adamant about convincing me to at least see if my baby would latch on to my breast, but I was tired and she was pushy, so I asked her to leave. She gave ... Read More
 
UPDATED: Produce-Style Breastfeeding Stickers via BooneOakley

UPDATED: Produce-Style Breastfeeding Stickers via BooneOakley

Exclusive Interview - Mary Gross, Boone Oakley

North Carolina ad agency, BooneOakley, is stepping up to the challenge to move breastfeeding into mainstream advertising to remind mothers and providers how nutritious breast milk is for human babies. Their campaign is purposeful and practical as it encourages mothers to use produce-style stickers to help them persevere through the ups and downs of postpartum. ... Read More
 
EXCLUSIVE: Produce-Style Stickers Promote Breastfeeding

EXCLUSIVE: Produce-Style Stickers Promote Breastfeeding

Exclusive Interview - Mary Gross, Boone Oakley

North Carolina ad agency, BooneOakley, is stepping up to the challenge to move breastfeeding into mainstream advertising to remind mothers and providers how nutritious breast milk is for human babies. Their campaign is purposeful and practical as it encourages mothers to use produce-style stickers to help them persevere through the ups and downs of postpartum. ... Read More
 
One year Breastfeeding, Photo Celebration

One year Breastfeeding, Photo Celebration

Kennedy was 10 days late and she, literally, came flying out in one hour and 19 minutes! I had an amazing all natural birth. She latched on instantly. At first, it hurt; I was in a lot of pain. I was crying in the bathroom in front of my Dad because I didn’t want my mother-in-law to ... Read More
 
“I always trusted my instincts.”

“I always trusted my instincts.”

Featured Photographer - Linn Memran Photography

Hi, I’m Linn. I am a 38-year-old mother. The mother of Mia. Her birth took about 5 hours, from the time we left home to head over to the hospital. I was clear with my partner to not let them give me epidural. When the pain worsened, I could have killed someone! I begged for relief, the nurse offered ... Read More
 
Our Bodies Are Wondrous Things, Let’s Trust Them

Our Bodies Are Wondrous Things, Let’s Trust Them

Featured Photographer - Lacey Barratt Photography

When I was pregnant with my first son, I always wondered what breastfeeding would feel like. If it would be ‘weird’ having another human ‘suck’ milk from my body. I thought it sounded nice, nourishing another human, but breasts are so sexualized. The more I thought about it, the weirder it sounded to me. I ... Read More
 
MLK day: Reflections on Breastfeeding Justice

MLK day: Reflections on Breastfeeding Justice

Guest Blogger Aunchalee Palmquist, Anthrolactology

Today is a day when we reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On this day, I bet most people won’t be thinking about breastfeeding. But I will be. African American women have the highest rates of perinatal maternal and infant mortality in the U.S. – they are more than ... Read More
 
After 22 Breastfeeding Photos Reported, Mom Seeks a Policy Change From Facebook

After 22 Breastfeeding Photos Reported, Mom Seeks a Policy Change From Facebook

Mom Thoughts On #Brelfie Harassment

Breastfeeding has taken over social media during the last 5 years and only for the past two years has Facebook created a policy that “supports” breastfeeding for mothers to share their breastfeeding images, without having them removed due being sexual content or nudity. Unfortunately, the ability to report images for nudity can be abused by ... Read More
 
Best Response EVER to Wendy Williams RE: Alyssa Milano’s Breastfeeding

Best Response EVER to Wendy Williams RE: Alyssa Milano’s Breastfeeding

Mom Thoughts on Ignorance in the Media

In case you missed it, Wendy Williams decided to bring Alyssa Milano to her show in an effort to put breastfeeding moms sharing #brelfies in their place…   Our campaign follower, Tamara Perry, responds to Wendy’s ignorance in the best way. “Dear Wendy, Millions have seen and shared the video of you attempting to shame ... Read More
 
Breast Milk Jewelry – New Year’s Giveaway

Breast Milk Jewelry – New Year’s Giveaway

Indigo Willow Breast Milk Jewelry & Keepsakes

Let me start by saying breast milk is AWESOME. Not only is it the perfect blend of nutrients and antibodies, it has anti-viral, anti-fungal, and disease fighting properties. Breast milk can be used to treat eczema, pink eye, sties, ear infections, scrapes, rashes, and even itchy bug bites. Recent studies have even shown that breast ... Read More
 

44 Gallons of Breast Milk, Almost Down the Drain

Community Trail Blazer: Gina Tang - The Soular Power System

It all started because I wanted to get my milk supply up and running strong—the better to shed baby weight, and offset the effects of six sedentary weeks of postpartum. Of course I was motivated by the prospect of nurturing my child too. But this being my second rodeo, I already knew my boobs worked ... Read More
 

Mother Humiliated for Breastfeeding by Marshalls’ Employee

  Yesterday, Karina Gomez, was humiliated by an employee at the Marshalls department store. When found breastfeeding, she was denied her right to breastfeed in public and not only was she directed away from nursing in the store, but she was also denied the opportunity to breastfeed in a dressing room. She was directed, my ... Read More
 

11 Candid Photos Ode to Normalizing Black Breastfeeding Week

#BBW15 // #NormalizeBfing

Last week, I planned to capture professional quality self-portraits for Black Breastfeeding Week to share on social media. However, the convenience of smart phone photography was unbeatable and I challenged myself to only use my mobile phone for this series due to many external factors, like my kids going back to school, my toddler never ... Read More
 

Viral Cincinnati Photo Censored by News During Breastfeeding Segment

"Stop Censoring Motherhood" Continues

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, photographer, Lauren Carson of Drawing in Light Photography, shared her collection of beautiful images of mothers breastfeeding their children. One image in particular went viral as it displayed a mother breastfeeding her baby and also tube feeding her older children, who were born with eosinophilic gastrointestinal disease.   Mother of ... Read More
 

10 Photographs that Bring Attention to Breastfeeding Laws

National Breastfeeding Month is well underway and ironically we are seeing more discrimination, harassment, and public shaming of breastfeeding mothers now that the national celebration has begun. As the first 7 days focused on the world view of breastfeeding with the theme, “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make it Work”, our planning committee really wanted to ... Read More
 

Celebrate Breastfeeding Laws & Raise Awareness About The Laws That Don’t Exist

Breastfeeding Law Awareness Day, August 10th

It took a significant amount of planning to develop the idea for the first International Day to Normalize Breastfeeding. However, most of the difficult work began only one week before the day. We started to receive tons of requests to “make it happen” in their local area, but the truth is that we just didn’t have ... Read More
 

Third Nurse-In at Idaho State Capitol for National Awareness

End the Discrimination, For Mothers & Babies

After speaking with Boise, Idaho mom, Amy Miller, about the difficulty in attempting to pass statewide breastfeeding laws to protect mothers and children from discrimination while nursing in public, it is now time that we go full swing in giving this national attention. Enough is enough! Idaho mothers will stage a 3rd nurse-in at the state capitol ... Read More
 

Episode #3: Black Breastfeeding History Documentary

WATCH LIVE 6/12/15 @ 830am EST   I talk with Afrykayn Moon, mother and breastfeeding advocate about her feature-length documentary film, currently in the funding stage, which focuses on exploring the disparaging breastfeeding rates within the Black communities, and diving into how our history plays a role in the present statics. The film will put the faces ... Read More
 

Podcast Episode #2

RECAP Nurse-In At the Today Show

Jill DeLorenzo to give a RECAP from the Nurse In At the Today Show, her Petition to NBC to Stop Shaming Breastfeeding Mothers with over 6,000 signatures, and we will talk about the 1st World Breastfeeding Week Positive Media Blitz. Special Guest: Conner Kendall Recorded LIVE  5/30 @ 5am PST, 6am MT, 7am CST, 8am EST ... Read More
 

Neighbors Threaten Oklahoma Mom with Eviction, Breastfeeding On Front Porch

  Oklahoma mother, Missy Smith, breastfed her daughter on her porch like normal everyday, especially when the weather was nice. It was when her landlord told her that her neighbors had been complaining and threatening to contact authorities due to child endangerment that she spoke out about the discrimination and educated her landlord of the ... Read More
 

FedEx Claims Rep Offers Apology for not Shipping Breast Milk

Mom Shares Breast Milk Transport Incident

Since I was a little girl I knew that when it was my turn to become a mother, I was going to breastfeed. I grew up learning that ‘Breast is Best’, about the benefits to breastfeeding for mother and child. I have been breastfeeding my first child, a daughter for almost 5 months now. We had a ... Read More
 

Our Journey Together

Breastfeeding Story by Amber C. - FedEx Transport Incident

December 11th 2014 my water broke at 2:30 am. After my water breaking (I heard and felt a POP) my contractions started about 30 minutes later. We left for the hospital at 5:30am, arriving at 6:10am. At 8:53am I was 3 centimeters dilated and 90% effaced. By 9:25 am I asked to be checked because I ... Read More
 

12 Facts About What a “Nurse-in” Should Really Look Like

Community Trail Blazer: Jill DeLorenzo - Nurse-In At the Today Show

Jill DeLorenzo is a mother who, as she describes it, “fell into” breastfeeding activism after enduring demands to cover up or leave while nursing her children at her (now former) gym facility. She was a key part of the grassroots effort to pass Virginia’s 2015 “Right to Breastfeed” legislation. She is a national administrator of ... Read More
 

WATCH LIVE Nurse-In RE: Kathie Lee & Hoda Label Nursing In Public TMI

Podcast Launch Event

  ***We go LIVE with Jill DeLorenzo at 39:20*** Sign the Petition to NBC   On May 21, Kathie Lee & Hoda of NBC’s Today Show, used colorful animation to visually and publicly SHAME mothers who breastfeed in public and share selfies while breastfeeding on social media in an effort to normalize it. The video animation went ... Read More
 

Nationwide Nurse-In Against Discrimination

Breastfeeding Mother Reminds Public That Breastfeeding Laws Exist

This Friday, April 24,2015, will mark the beginning of an annual event that brings breastfeeding mothers and supporters together at their individual state capitals to bring awareness to public breastfeeding laws that are being broken daily. The purpose of the event is to make mothers aware of the laws that are already in place and ... Read More
 

If You’re Engorged, Don’t Pump

Community Trail Blazer: Laura Delmonico, Nationwide Nurse-In

When I found out that I was pregnant with my daughter, Annelyne, I had no doubt in my mind that I was going to breastfeed her. She latched right away and I told the nurse that I didn’t need a visit from the lactation consultant after all! I was so wrong! What I didn’t know until two days ... Read More
 

Translated: Mom Shamed for Breastfeeding in Public at a park

Woman Angry Because Her Husband Is Watching mother Breastfeed

On April 15th, my birthday no less, the Univision 34 Los Angeles FB page posted this video of a public breastfeeding incident, recorded as it was happening. It angers me, but it also shows me even more why your Pledge to Normalize Breastfeeding is so incredibly important. Click to watch the video,  translation below.   ... Read More
 

Advocating for Moms Did Not Come From My Personal Experience

Community Trail Blazer | Kristy Kemp, BFMT

Let me start off by saying that my love for breastfeeding certainly did not come from my own personal experience with it. When I had my son a little over 4 years ago I did not have far as much knowledge for breastfeeding and many other parenting related things that I have now. I hadn’t ... Read More
 

Rape Victims in Breastfeeding Families Are Suffering in Silence

Red My Lips 2015

Alongside this Breastfeeding Awareness Media Campaign, I have had the opportunity to use my photography to help another important and very personal campaign, Red My Lips. This International Non Profit Organization runs a month-long campaign during April, raises awareness of Sexual Violence and Victim Blaming around the world. They have mobilized followers since 2012 by using ... Read More
 
Active Duty Military Mom’s Best Breastfeeding Resource, Hands Down

Active Duty Military Mom’s Best Breastfeeding Resource, Hands Down

Community Trail Blazer - Robyn Roche-Paull, BS, IBCLC, LLLL

  I joined the U.S. Navy right out of high school, following in a long line of family members who have served in the military. My grandfather served in the Army in WW1, my uncle served in the Air Force during Vietnam, and my older brother served 20 years in the Navy.  In fact, it ... Read More