August 25 marks the first day of National Black Breastfeeding Week across America, when cities nationwide host celebrations within their communities uplifting the journey to motherhood and cultivating an improved landscape of breastfeeding support.
Here in Detroit, the Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association presents “Oh, What a Joy!”, its fifth annual breastfeeding conference held Saturday at the Charles H. Wright Museum. The day is dedicated to celebrating black mothers who’ve ditched pre-packaged baby formula and have embraced Mother Nature's natural nourishment.
This year's conference focuses on the infectious joy of mothership, breastfeeding, family bonding, and entertainment. And considering the public outcry that can occur when a mother breastfeeds in public, Saturday’s event is a much needed safe space for mothers — new moms and veteran moms included — to exercise their freedoms and voice their opinions.
The conference is from 1-4 p.m. at the Wright, 315 E. Warren Ave. Detroit. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served along with gut-wrenching laughs from Detroit comedians Darius Bennett and Josh Adams. Spanish-speaking and hearing-impaired families are also welcome.
As an added bonus, free nursing bras will be given to all pregnant and breastfeeding mothers on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Find out more information about the conference and other breastfeeding support networks at http://blackmothersbreastfeeding.org.