We are excited to announce that boobingit will host a series of live events for Black Breastfeeding Week (25-31 August). Over the course of the week our founder Ruth will be interviewing five special guests on Instagram – starting from Thursday 25 August.
What is Black Breastfeeding Week?
Black Breastfeeding Week is a yearly worldwide campaign founded in 2012 by breastfeeding advocates Kimberly Seals Allers, Kiddada Green and Anayah Sangodele-Ayoka.
Breastfeeding is one of the best investments for saving lives and improving the health, social and economic development of individuals and nations. In the US and in other parts of the world breastfeeding rates amongst black people are lower than their white counterparts. The most recent CDC data show that 75% of white women have ever breastfed versus 58.9% of black women. The Black Breastfeeding Week campaign serves to help reduce these racial disparities by raising awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding amongst black communities.
A New Foundation
This year marks ten years of Black Breastfeeding Week and the theme is ‘A New Foundation’.
Speaking about the meaning of this year’s theme, the organisers said: “For #BBW22, we’re celebrating the countless stories and families- past, present & future. We’ve shifted the narrative/optics, supported and uplifted each other…and it’s still just the beginning. The new foundation of lactation support is built on racial equity, cultural empowerment, and community engagement and is powered by our collective resilience.”
Join boobingit for exciting Black Breastfeeding Week 2022 events
We have a number of exciting events and initiatives lined up to celebrate Black Breastfeeding Week 2022 and we’re looking forward to having you join us! The first of these is a series of Instagram Live events in which we’ll be tackling important breastfeeding topics. We’ll also have a special giveaway and podcast episode for you to look forward to!
Join boobingit founder Ruth as she hosts five special Instagram Live events during Black Breastfeeding Week 2022.
Thursday 25 August
The sexualisation of breastfeeding | Danielle Facey
Danielle Facey is an author, speaker and mama of one whom many of you know as The Breastfeeding Mentor. Danielle is a self-care specialist who has dedicated herself to helping empower people to breastfeed on their own terms.
Danielle will be talking to us about the sexualisation of breastfeeding and why it’s so problematic. She’ll be explaining what more we need to do to break down breastfeeding taboos and normalise breastfeeding.
Mark your calendar for Thursday 25 August and join us on Instagram at 6pm BST.
Friday 26 August
From formula feeding to breastfeeding | Sadia, mama of two
Sadia is a working mama of two who regularly updates her followers on her family life and breastfeeding journey via her popular Instagram page @momsnsideout_.
After formula feeding her oldest child, Sadia is currently breastfeeding her youngest. She will talk to us about the main differences between formula feeding and breastfeeding and how her outlook on feeding her little ones changed.
Mark your calendar for Friday 26 August and join us on Instagram at 3pm BST.
Monday 29 August
Tips for pumping milk | Sierra Woods
Sierra Woods is an IBCLC who does both virtual and in-home consults to help families on their breastfeeding journey. Through her Instagram page @lovemelamama she also encourages mamas to practice self-care and have confidence in themselves.
Sierra will talk to us about why people may want or need to pump breast milk, including tips for pumping more milk and what to think about before buying a breast pump.
Mark your calendar for Monday 29 August and join us on Instagram at 7.30pm BST.
Tuesday 30 August
Tips for weaning | Trina, CLEC
Trina is a Certified Lactation Educator and Counsellor. She has helped countless families with breastfeeding and weaning support – both in-person and online via her Instagram page @thelactatingmama.
Trina will talk to us about the ups and downs of breastfeeding older babies and children. We’ll also look at ways to help wean your child off the breast.
Mark your calendar for Tuesday 30 August and join us on Instagram at 8pm BST.
Wednesday 31 August
Breastfeeding multiples | Lauren Berty
Lauren Berty is a mama of three, including twins. She is a coach and mentor who lives with her musician husband and children in the US. Through her popular Instagram page @twinmama_lboogie she charts her life as a busy mama and is always willing to offer tips and advice to other new parents.
Lauren will be talking to us about her breastfeeding journey with her twins and she’ll be sharing her top tips and advice for feeding multiples.
Mark your calendar for Wednesday 31 August and join us on Instagram at 8pm BST.
Make sure you are following boobingit on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to join in with all our Black Breastfeeding Week initiatives.