Black breastfeeding matters

We stand alongside all black mothers and families, and are willing to do anything we can to ensure mothers and babies get real change for the better.

At the heart of BfN’s values is empowerment of women, and none of us can feel empowered if we are raising our children with threat from racism.

As a charity we have always believed in social justice for mothers and babies, but often we have felt limited in what to do, in part due to our own ignorance – which is our responsibility to correct.

We hear our fellow black mothers and families and we are committed to doing more – using our core values of empowerment, empathy and actively listening.

We are committed to learning and educating ourselves.

We will share and amplify black women’s voices.

We are here for you.

Follow our social media feeds to continue the conversation: Facebook, InstagramTwitter

Read our policy on Equality and Diversity.

Resources and further reading

For breastfeeding supporters

https://www.goldlearning.com/ce-library/all-lectures/breast-assessment-and-non-white-skin-tones-detail

https://www.facebook.com/iamKSealsAllers

https://www.unicef.org.uk/babyfriendly/bame-women-in-birth-and-breastfeeding/

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/why-ferguson-has-everything-to-do-with-black-breastfeeding-week

https://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/motherhood-experiences-of-black-women/

https://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/guest-blog-by-ruth-dennison-why-black-breastfeeding-week/

Exploring the Barriers to Exclusive Breastfeeding in Black and Minority Ethnic Groups and Young Mothers in the UK: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18582351/

MBRRACE Report: https://www.npeu.ox.ac.uk/mbrrace-uk/reports

Talking about race with young children 

https://www.prettygooddesign.org/blog/Blog%20Post%20Title%20One-5new4

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/52978346

https://yoopies-cms.cdn.prismic.io/yoopies-cms/a79829ee-9d85-465c-9a08-270c4fd7e5b5_Parent%27s+guide+to+black+lives+matter.pdf 

Books for children

https://drive.google.com/file/d/143-8n6D_d1bSll7IfmfFNcW9nXnxAUib/view(from @MissNewton91 on Twitter)

Books for adults

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Me & White Supremacy by Layla F Saad

How to Be an Anti-racist by Ibram X Kendi

Natives by Akala

White Fragility by Robin D’Angelo

In Search of Black History by Bonnie Greer

Rebel Ideas by Matthew Syed

Black & British: A Forgotten History, David Olusoga

I Am Not Your Baby Mother by Candice Brathwaite

Podcasts/Social Media/Online resources

Dope Black Mums https://www.dopeblackmums.co.uk/

About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge https://www.aboutracepodcast.com/

Nova Reid https://novareid.com/free-anti-racism-guide/

 

Page updated 10th June 2020