The fourth trimester is an important time in a mother's life. In this podcast interview with Mahogany Momology, Sister Freya discusses strategies for a successful postpartum time. Listen to this podcast recording to gain insights on pregnancy, postpartum and Black motherhood.
My journey in motherhood began in 2014 when I found out that I was pregnant with my oldest son, Jarvis Jr. I immediately knew that I wanted to breastfeed. In my mind, formula was not an option.
My mother breastfed me and informed me of the benefits during my childhood. I was determined to give my children those same benefits by following in her footsteps. For me, it was the only way to go.
However, things didn't pan out exactly how I hoped they would once I delivered Jarvis Jr.
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.
Adding herbs to your nutrition plan for pregnancy and postpartum is a sure fire way to boost your wellness. Did you know that most pharmaceuticals are derived from plants? However, pharmaceuticals are highly concentrated and processed derivatives of the plants that appear in the body as foreign objects when consumed.
The Myth of Post-Baby Snapback
There's a myth out of here of the post-baby "snapback." This is the false idea that a mother must immediately shed all of her baby weight after delivery. It's the false idea that a mother should immediately get back to doing everything she did before the baby. The U.S. is the worse perpetuator of this false idea. Everyday women see celebrities seemingly back to their pre-pregnancy weight in a matter of a couple of days or weeks.
This “image” of the “snap back” is a mix of illusion – photoshop, editing, lighting, angles and waist trainers. Many people commented on Beyoncé's first public picture with her twins about how great it is that she is thin again. The Carters are billionaires and only heaven knows what type of access they have to specialists of every kind. This is not the case for the average mother and family.
I’m not sure who used the term “chocolate milk” first when referring to Black mothers’ breastmilk, but I know that Ms. Phaedra Parks definitely took it mainstream.
After the birth of her second son, Dylan, Ms. Parks let the world see the ins and outs of breastfeeding while being a professional. In her words, a woman with several “jobs.”