Kimberly Seals Allers: If there was ever a mommy cause in the black community that was in desperate need of a spokesperson, it is breastfeeding. Historically, breastfeeding rates among black women have been lower than any other ethnic group for over thirty years.
More celeb mommy voices sharing their thoughts on breastfeeding could help turn the tide -- or at least spark more conversation! As part of momlogic and MochaManual.com's look into this phenomenon, we tracked down a few black celebrity moms and asked them to share their candid thoughts on breastfeeding.
Faith Evans, Grammy-winning singer and songwriter and mother of four, told us,
"I never breastfed. To be honest, it never really crossed my mind. It wasn't big in my family and it wasn't really encouraged or handed down as the thing to do."
On the other hand, Deborah Cox, platinum-selling recording artist and mother of three, including 3-month-old Kaila Michelle, feels differently. "I am a big believer in breastfeeding," she says. "I breastfed my oldest for nine months, my second for six months, and I plan to breastfeed my new baby girl for at least six months. At the end of the day, you have healthier kids. Plus, while I was breastfeeding, a lot of the baby weight just dropped off."
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|Kimberly Seals Allers is an award-winning business journalist and founder and editor-in-chief of MochaManual.com, a weekly online magazine for moms of color. She is the author of "The Mocha Manual to a Fabulous Pregnancy" and "The Mocha Manual to Turning Your Passion into Profit." Kimberly is a divorcing mother of two and lives on Long Island, NY.|