JUNETEENTH! A day of recognition, restoration, and celebration. It commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States.
Because this is a breastfeeding topic account, I’d like to take this day to explore and recognize the significant injustice that was done to enslaved African American women as it relates to breastfeeding.
The African American wet nurse was an enslaved woman that was forced to nurse the children of her enslavers, often to the detriment of her own child. From Breastfeeding Medicine, Vol 16, No. 2 - “the emotional upheaval of birth, possibly infant death, caring for someone else’s child, while depriving their own, and a lack of dignity and respect were aspects of the despicable and unspeakable practice of forced wet nursing”
Feel free to read more on this topic here -
And more on the continued disparities in black breastfeeding here -
I have made a donation here and would encourage you to do the same! http://blackmothersbreastfeeding.org/ (donate link is on the top right!)
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