By: Alea J., Curl News Correspondent
The conviction of a mother is unmatched. Mother’s want the best for their children and go to great lengths to ensure the protection, well-being and education of their children. A mother is forever connected to her child. It’s instinctual and it’s love. Part of loving our children as much as we possibly can involves properly caring for them in a manner that best supports their growth and development! The BabyCenter Medical Advisory Board reported, “Breast milk is best for your baby, and the benefits of breastfeeding extend well beyond basic nutrition. In addition to containing all the vitamins and nutrients your baby needs in the first six months of life, breast milk is packed with disease-fighting substances that protect your baby from illness.” Breast feeding has been proven to boost intelligence, reduce allergies and asthma and have wonderful health benefits for the mother as well.
Breastfeeding is statistically less popular in African American cultures, than in White or Hispanic families in the United States. The initiation of breast feeding from birth to a year old, which is the recommendation by pediatric physicians across the country,is 45% lower in six states: South Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. While the findings also state that breastfeeding has become more popular in the last 25 years, the effect in younger African American mothers is stillconsiderably low.
Meet Lydia O. Boyd-lactation specialist in the Las Angeles, California area! Lydia is a diligent breastfeeding advocate who focuses on supporting and educating African American families on the care of their kids. Lydia is also the founder and creator of LA Curly Girls- a networking community for natural women in the LA area. Lydia Boyd is driven by her own personal experiences. She is the mother of a 17 year old LA athlete andcontender for the United States Armed Forces. Her dedication to motherhood has been in large part due to providing her son with the absolute best and being an African American women who experienced a ‘poor birth outcome’. Lydia knows that education is the most beneficial tool that our mothers need to strengthen their lives and the lives of their children.
A few of the most common practices and information that Lydia O. Boyd, CLE provides are:
Knowing and trusting your body and baby
The benefits of breastfeeding
Breastfeeding and bonding
Dad's role in breastfeeding
Breastfeeding and cultural traditions in the African American community
How to support a breastfeeding mom
Boyd has been providing support to breastfeeding families since 2007. She is a twice certified Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, Certified Lactation Educator, and soon to be IBCLC which will certify her as an International Breastfeeding specialist. Receiving information before or during a pregnancy should include ways to keep your little ones healthiest throughout your entire parenting process. Although we are unable to predict illness and diseases that occur with children every day, taking precautionary measures will help to reduce many ailments and even respiratory diseases that attack 1 in 12 children and over 25 million people. Let’s join in on the efforts to incorporate breast-feeding into our communities and give our children the best chance possible. Mother’s Days are the best, when our kids are healthy and in check!
Ways to contact Lydia:
Lydia O. Boyd, CLE
Soul Food for Your Baby
Board of Directors Chair/President