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Praise for Free to Breastfeed: Voices of Black Mothers


“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.”

-Kimberly Seals-Allers, Acclaimed journalist and author of the Mocha Manual series

“Data shows that breastfeeding rates among African American women lag behind those of other races/ethnicities.  While this may be true, Free to Breastfeed provides readers with a wealth of captivating stories about just a few women who are helping to close the gap.  Reading their stories reminded me of the powerful experiences I had on my breastfeeding journeys.  Through the ups and downs, as many of the voices captured can attest, I will never regret or forget what I gained through the sacrifice I made to breastfeed.”

-Sahira Long, MD, IBCLC; Pediatrician, Lactation Consultant, DC Breastfeeding Coalition President, Wife and Mother of 2

“Powerful, thoughtful, intriguing!!! The voices of these black moms are so real that I can feel their presence. If you want to know the truth behind breastfeeding for today’s black moms, this is a must read. As you turn the pages, you will begin to see the faces of black moms and babies. You will feel their joy, embrace their pain, and cheer for their triumph as the pages take you on a breastfeeding journey of life and family.”

 –Kiddada Green, Founding Executive Director, Black Mothers Breastfeeding Association

“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.”

Kimarie Bugg MSN, MPH, CLC, CEO and Change Leader, Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere, Inc. (ROSE)

About the Author

Anayah Sangodele-Ayoka writes and speaks about breastfeeding, maternal health, motherhood and personal empowerment. She works on breastfeeding campaigns with MomsRising, is a co-founder of Black Breastfeeding Week and co-editor of Free to Breastfeed: Voices of Black Mothers. Anayah is a mother of 2, wife and graduate Nurse-Midwifery/Women's Health Nurse Practitioner student at Yale University.