Celebrating black history means a lot to me!!!! February is the month that we proudly celebrate Black History by spotlighting the culture and achievements that African Americans contributed through history, because Black History and achievements receive little coverage of my ancestors in the history books taught in schools. This month emphasizes and reminds us of the importance of recognizing influential Black figures who have contributed to our society, America, and the future developments of our democracy.
Although I’m a black woman in America 24/7/365, my spirit does vibrates a little higher in my culture this month. I’m a part of black history by educating my kids on cultural practices and teaching them self-love in a society where our images may not always be shown in a positive light. I will always take pride in honoring my ancestors fight to be free, heard, and to be treated equally. Knowing their past opened the doors to my kids and I future is everything to me.
I am a Certified Lactation Counselor and Breast Peer Counselor for the Mother/Baby, transition, and lactation department. I educate African American moms on the importance and benefits of breastfeeding, what to expect, problem solving, planning for home, home follow up wellness calls, resources in the community for continuation of breastfeeding support, and assist with getting a breast pump for back up. I also give mom to mom support which I feel is key. I feel it helps to have another person with similar backgrounds, who looks just like you, who knows your cultural sigma’s giving you the extra touch of support that is needed to break myths and cultural appropriate practices. Mostly I listen to them and I meet on whatever level they are on and I fill in the gaps. Listening opens the doors to understanding.