While these 15 celebrity Black moms have juggled multiple hats, responsibilities and business, they found the time to breastfeed their children. Some breastfed for a few months. And others breastfed for a few years.
We celebrate every drop of ‘liquid gold’ that our beautiful brown babies received. These celebrity mothers are an inspiration to other Black moms. Everyday Black moms also juggle many responsibilities. Often they lack the support necessary to be successful with their breastfeeding journey.
Spotlighting prominent Black women who have overcome life challenges to provide the best nutrition to their babies is key to giving other mothers encouragement to do the same.
1. Erykah Badu
Erykah Badu is the mother of son Seven Sirius Benjamin (born 1997), daughter Puma Sabti Curry (born 2004), and daughter Mars Merkaba Thedford (born 2009).
She is a strong advocate for natural birthing and breastfeeding. She birthed her children at home and breastfed them.
2. Brandy Norwood
Brandy Norwood is the mother of daughter Sy’rai Iman Smith (born 2002).
3. Tia Mowry Hardrict
Tia Mowry-Hardrict is the mother of son Cree Taylor Hardrick (born 2011) and daughter Cairo Tiahna Hardrict (born on May 2018).
She shares her parenthood journey and family lifestyle via her personal brand Tia Mowry’s Quick Fix.
4. Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith is the step-mother of Try Smith and mother of son Jaden Smith (born in 1998) and daughter Willow Smith (born 2000).
Jada explores motherhood, family and relationship topics on her production, Red Table Talk, co-staring her mother Adrienne Banfield Jones and daughter Willow Smith.
5. Nia Long
Nia Long is the mother of son Kez Sunday Udoka (born 2011).
6. Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys is the mother of son Egypt Daoud Dean (born 2010) and son Genesis Ail Dean (born 2014).
7. Laila Ali
Laila Ali is mother of son Curtis Muhammad Conway Jr (born 2008) and daughter Sydney Jurldine Conway (born 2011).
8. Holly Robinson Peete
Holly Robinson Peete is the mother of daughter Ryan Peete and son Rodney Peete Jr. (twins born 1997), son Robinson Peete (born 2002), and son Roman Peete (born 2005).
9. Beyoncé Knowles Carter
Beyoncé is mother of daughter Blue Ivy Carter (born 2012), daughter Rumi Carter and son Sir Carter (twins born 2017).
Kelis is mother of son Knight Jones (born 2009) and son Shepherd Mora (born 2015).
11. Melanie Mel B Brown
Mel B is mother of daughter Phoenix Chi Gulzar (born 1999), daughter Angel Iris Murphy Brown (born 2007), and daughter Madison Brown Belafonte (born 2014).
12. Nicole Ari Parker Kodjoe
Nicole Ari Parker Kodjoe is mother of daughter Sophie Tei-Naaki Lee Kodjoe (born 2005) and son Nicolas Neruda Kodjoe (born 2006).
13. Michelle Obama
Former First Lady Michelle Obama is mother of Malia Ann Obama (born 1998) and Natasha ‘Sasha’ Obama (born 2001).
Mrs. Obama has worked diligently in improving health, especially children's health. She has said, “we're also working to promote breastfeeding, especially in the Black community, where 40 per cent of our babies never get breastfed at all, even in the first weeks of life, and we know that babies that are breastfed are less likely to be obese as children."
14. Tichina Arnold
Tichina Arnold is the mother of daughter Alija Kai Haggins (born 2004).
15. Kandi Burrus Tucker
Kandi Burruss is the step-mother of Kaela Tucker and mother of Riley Burruss (born 2002) and son Ace Wells Tucker (born 2016).
Which of these celebrity Black moms have inspired you the most? What do you think are the unique challenges that Black women face when attempting to meet their breastfeeding goals?