Free to Breastfeed: Voices of Black Women, A New Book From Praeclarus Press is Now Available for World Breastfeeding Month
Free to Breastfeed: Voices of Black Women, a new book by Jeanine Valrie Logan and Anayah Sangodele-Ayoka, shares the raw, inspiring and triumphant experiences of Black women who breastfeed their babies. Praeclarus Press is proud to share this book as a new and valuable resource in preparation for World Breastfeeding Month awareness celebrations and campaigns.
In recent years there has been an increased awareness about the disparities in breastfeeding rates among minorities in the United States. To focus on the African American mothers who don’t have the support to breastfeed, fails to give recognition to those who do breastfeed, in spite of the obstacles in their way. Looking to shed light on this very topic, and wanting to show that the mothers themselves in this community are pro-active in helping one another, Praeclarus Press is proud to share Free to Breastfeed: Voices of Black Mothers. Compiled and edited by Jeanine Valrie Logan and Anayah Sangodele-Ayoka, the book provides stories of challenges and triumph. Free to Breastfeed serves to inspire and ignite change by giving Black mothers a collective voice as it offers intimate details of their unique breastfeeding experiences.
The Black mothers at the forefront of this very movement offer praise for the book. “Free to Breastfeed is a powerful, much-needed resource to dispel myths and stereotypes about black women and breastfeeding. Anayah and Jeanine have created an amazing compilation of personal narratives that is sure to positively impact perceptions and cultural norms around breastfeeding,” writes Kimberly Seals-Allers, an acclaimed journalist and author of the Mocha Manual series. Kimarie Bugg MSN, MPH, CLC, CEO and Change Leader, Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere, Inc. (ROSE) states, “I applaud Anayah and Jeanine for bringing these compassionate community voices to life. We must learn to listen to our own stories and those of others. We must also have the courage to accept that we are the change for which we have been waiting.”
Free to Breastfeed: Voices of Black Mothers is now available from Praeclarus Press.
Jeanine Valrie Logan is a birthworker, homebirth mama, nursing student, and future midwife. Jeanine received her B.A. from Fisk University, and an M.P.H. from George Washington University. She has worked for reproductive justice organizations in South Africa, DC, and Chicago. Jeanine lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter. Anayah R. Sangodele-Ayoka writes and speaks about breastfeeding, maternal health and personal empowerment. She also develops campaigns to promote breastfeeding-friendly communities through policy and public awareness campaigns with MomsRising.org, including Black Breastfeeding Week. Anayah writes for the corresponding blog (http://www.freetobreastfeed.com). She earned a B.A. from Vassar College and is currently a student in the Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program at Yale University School of Nursing. She is married with two children.