Got (Breast) Milk? It Does Your Baby And Your Body! Good


Sometimes as a new mom I feel like a cow literally thanks to my new bootylicious bootée and my new bodacious boobs. Trust me, the description sounds better than it looks. Going from a size 2 to a size 6 in my jeans and from a cute 32C to a voluptuous 34D doesn't make me feel Beyoncé-ish. It just makes me feel like a heifer. Pun intended. But I still feel empowered and thankful that it's all for the health of my child. So what if I have curves the majority of us do. But, guess what? We African American breast-feeding moms are still in the minority.

Studies show that we are the least likely to breast feed and only 54 percent of us even attempt to, while 74 percent of white women actually do. We should know the benefits of breast-feeding that it protects against all types of illnesses and allergies, boosts intelligence, protects against obesity and the risk of SIDS, and even reduces a mother’s risk for certain cancers and stress. We do know these things, right? Then why are we the mothers of all mothers not breast-feeding?

The truth behind us not giving our children the gold standard of infant nutrition is probably that we have different ideas for what breasts are for. Some black women argue that their breasts are for them and their men, not their children, while others say the idea of having a baby suck on their breasts kinda grosses them out. Of course, there are psychological reasons we tend to shy away from breastfeeding dating back to the days when our foremothers were forced to breast-feed the children of their slave owners, sacrificing their bodies to give white children all the nutritional, health and nurturing benefits of breastfeeding, with little thanks from white moms. Is it that we’ve come to regard breast-feeding our children as a form of slavery another example of how we, as black women, are still not in control of our bodies?

Whether it’s vanity or psychology, breast-feeding shouldn’t be something we look at as odd or “special” for that matter; after all, it’s what our bodies were designed for. It really puzzles me when we look at nursing moms sideways or hail them as earthy or exuding some kind of Erykah Badu“like level of deepness for engaging in an act as natural as the sex that gave us moms our children in the first place.

For all the mothers and soon-to-be mothers out there who “got milk,” it's time to speak up and out regarding breast-feeding. It's time for OUR children and us to milk the goods.

Here's a few fun milky treats to remember as you make the journey toward breastfeeding:

  • The good news is, I'm in the minority for keeping some curves; most women shed pounds quickly when nursing. It burns an average of 500 calories a day, and that's even if mommy's just sitting around milking and eating bon-bons.
  • You never have to get out of bed and warm up bottles in the middle of the night. Just whip ’em out, and both you and your baby can fall right back to sleep.
  • Breast is best: Our “liquid gold” has disease-fighting antibodies that can help protect infants from several types of illnesses, and mothers who breastfeed have a lower risk of getting breast cancer and type 2 diabetes.
  • The kind of bonding you have with your baby while breastfeeding is immeasurable.
  • Breast milk is free!
  • You get a natural breast implant also for free!

Breast feeding really does a body good… pass it on.

Angela C. Watford is the founder of the editing agency Eyes Dotted and former Deputy Managing Editor of VIBE magazine. When she's not changing diapers and kissing boo-boos, she's copyediting for several publications including InStyle, Essence and


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  1. Great post! As I was reading my Sports Illustrated this week, I was impressed by reading that Candace Parker, star of the Los Angeles Sparks, breastfed her baby girl for 15 months. Made me think of the earlier post on MBB about breastfeeding and wanted to share.

  2. It really puzzles me when we look at nursing moms sideways or hail them as “earthy” or exuding some kind of Erykah Badu–like level of deepness for engaging in an act as natural as the sex that gave us moms our children in the first place.

    Exactly, I feel the same way. The milk is there for a reason, give it to the baby. That is all.

  3. Give the lil’baby mamma’s milk. That’s what it’s there for. I breastfed all 3 of mine and they were the chubbiest little babies from it. Great way to bond and you can always use it for an excuse if someone is holding your baby and your ready to have them back. Like your pesky mother in law for instance LOL.

  4. LaVondrea Thomas

    Great post. Everything you indicated in this post is so true. Women need to choose to breastfeed. If your body allows you to do it, please do so.

    An article written by my a friend that I love dearly. Great job Angie!

  5. Great article! I couldn’t agree more.

  6. Great post! I breastfeed both of our sons!

  7. I actually had no idea that black slaves were forced to feed other children not their own. I’m not really sure that other black women my age or younger would even think of that when they decide to have their children.

    I feel that women also might be worried about their breast and what might happen to them once they start to nurse. It’s not entirely pretty, but when you know that you have the ability to feed your child, then it doesn’t matter anymore.

  8. I didn’t know that the fact that some black women opted to not breastfeed was psychological.

    I am an African-Italian, a future mother who is looking forward to the moment her little new born is placed in her arms so she can give the baby all the nutrition her breasts can offer. I am preparing for that reason. And every time I think about it I can’t wait for the baby to be here, but I have to be patient until November.

    I also know that once I have had all my children I would like to have a nice cleavage but I will worry about that in later date.

  9. I agree 🙂 I was given some misinformation when it came to breastfeeding for my first so I just simply gave up. Now pregnant with my second I am more determined than ever to breastfeed. I will take advantage of the annoying lactation consultant that drove me crazy, begging to teach me, while I told her “hey, look lady, I can’t hardly feel my legs after my c-section and the similac is FREE here so um beat it, thanks” Then suffering a week of pain because the milk was begging pleading to get out and there was no outlet. I will give it my 100% this time for sure.

    • Denene@MyBrownBaby

      I’m SO proud of you for making a point of trying this time. The lactation consultants are awesome at getting you on the road to successful breastfeeding, and know, too, that the internet is full of great resources and women who’ve breastfed and who stand at the ready with advice and support. Good luck!

  10. wow, i didn’t know breastfeeding burned calories!

  11. GREAT article!! I’m getting ready to have my third child and plan to exclusively breast-feed (with my eldest two I only breast-fed for 3-5 months and then moved to formula). Although admittedly, I think Schnelle hit the nail on the head. It’s not easy. You just have to keep trying and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Lactation specialists are the best!!

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