Last year during Black Breastfeeding Week, someone left a comment on one of my Instagram posts that said something to the tune of “why do black women need a breastfeeding week?” I had to collect myself and calm down. See not everyone knows that black babies die at twice the rate of white babies and in some places triple the rate. They don’t know that there is a lack of diversity in the lactation field and that representation matters. They don’t know that black women face tons of barriers to breastfeeding at home, in the hospital, in the culture, in the community, in the workplace, and more that make it harder for us to breastfeed our babies the recommended year. Many black women live in communities where don’t have support or “the support” pushes formula on them. …


The Most Popular Breastfeeding Positions

Hi! Happy World Breastfeeding Month and Black Breastfeeding Week. I hope your breastfeeding journey is going phenomenally. If you’re expecting and haven’t begun to breastfeed, we hope you’re excited. At Stork and Cradle, we are here to help with blog articles, virtual lactation consultations, and virtual breastfeeding and prenatal classes. This article focuses on familiarizing you with various breastfeeding positions. The correct breastfeeding position will help your baby establish a good latch, and an excellent deep latch is the key to successful and comfortable breastfeeding. …


As a certified lactation consultant, I facilitate a couple of weekly chest and breastfeeding group meetings and there are some recurring topics. One of those topics that always comes up is the dreaded thrush. It’s painful, it’s unsightly, and for some women, it may lead to the end of their breastfeeding journey and we don’t want that to happen. So today we’re going to discuss all things thrush and breastfeeding.

What is Thrush?

Thrush, also known as oropharyngeal candidiasis, is caused by a fungus called Candida Albicans. Everyone has candida fungus in their mouth, digestive tract, and even skin but the amount that a healthy human has is very small and doesn’t tend to cause problems. Where people start to run into trouble is when there’s an overgrowth of candida. This is called thrush and it can negatively impact your breastfeeding. …


Hi, Mamas. We’ve been dealing with a lot lately, and now more than ever, I encourage you to take care of yourself in all ways. We strive to bring awareness and change to the racial disparities in healthcare by providing information about the many health disorders, racial prejudices, and inequalities that are costing black women their lives.

Today we bring awareness to Sickle Cell Disease in black women during pregnancy. Sickle Cell Disease seems to get swept under the rug when it comes to awareness and advancement. Even though the disease has its own awareness day, it gets overshadowed because it shares the day with Juneteenth. …


This year, Donald Trump planned a rally on Juneteenth in Tulsa, Oklahoma of all places. Tulsa, Oklahoma holds a very special place in the hearts of many African Americans because it was where a thriving black wall street once existed, but in 1921 a deadly race riot completely destroyed the district, and nearly 300 people were killed. Although Trump rescheduled the rally for after public outcries, the timing of his rally, it still boils the blood of many.

You may not understand why African Americans are so enraged by this seemingly blatant act of disrespect. You may not know what Juneteenth is, or why Nike and other companies are making Juneteenth a paid holiday, or why you will see a ton of posts from your black friends on June 19th about Juneteenth. If you are confused and have no clue what Juneteenth is, I’m about to give you a crash course, and I implore you to do more research. This article will look at how things have changed for the black woman concerning health…or not, since the original Juneteenth, June 19th, 1865. …


Although the Coronavirus doesn’t seem to affect pregnant women differently than others, pregnant women are at a greater risk of contracting viral infections that affect their respiratory system like Covid-19 than people who are not pregnant. It is therefore important that pregnant women take extra precautions to avoid becoming infected. Here are some ways for you and your family to help you during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Wash your hands properly.

Everyone should wash their hands for at least twenty seconds with soap and water. If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. …


Hi, Mama. So you’ve brought your sweet baby home and you’re getting into a routine, all be it a very exhausting, sleep-deprived, routine, and then you notice around two weeks or so that your little baby has moments when they won’t stop crying. There can be several reasons why. In this article we’ll talk about why your baby may be crying and what you can do to soothe them and yourself.

Would you like more support when it comes to your newborn? Be sure to join Stork and Cradle’s Virtual Baby Care 101 Class. Click here to find out more.

Why is my baby crying?

You can check these things when it comes to resolving why your baby is crying. …


Hi, Mamas. Everyone knows that breastfeeding provides tons of benefits for babies including a reduction in the risk of Leukemia, type 2 diabetes, obesity, SIDS, lower respiratory infection, diarrhea, late-onset sepsis in preemies, urinary tract infection, and we can go on and on.

Mothers also benefit from breastfeeding as well. Moms experience an increase in oxytocin (which lowers anxiety and calms), a lower risk of ovarian and breast cancer, bonding with babies, and just the amazing feeling of knowing that you’re providing your baby with nourishment from the most nutritious source, your breast.

However, providing your little one with liquid gold is not always simple. Learning to breastfeed can cause cracked and sore nipples and your breast can become engorged and that can lead to mastitis. On top of all of this many moms wonder if their babies are getting enough milk. Unlike bottle feeding, it can be difficult to tell how much breastmilk your baby is getting. All of this is super stressful so we’re going to help you learn how to figure out if your baby is getting enough milk and what to do if they aren’t. Remember you should always consult your child’s pediatrician or a lactation consultant for your baby’s specific needs. …


What is Baby-Led Weaning

Baby-Led Weaning or BLW is gaining more and more popularity in recent years as more and more parents adopt this method of feeding their babies. You may have heard this trending term and want to know more about it and find out if it’s right for you and your baby. This article will go through the facts and the pros and cons because as always, we at Stork and Cradle want parents to be able to make informed and empowered decisions in all aspects of their parenting journey.

The term Baby-Led Weaning was created by Dr. Bill Rapley in 2005. In essence, BLW is the gradual reduction of breastfeeding and an increase in self-feeding. “The term underlines the fact that the infant is an active partner in the feeding process and not a passive recipient to fill with food.”* …


Hi. If you’ve clicked on this blog post you may be dealing with the heartbreaking effects of infertility, you may know someone dealing with infertility, or you want to know more about infertility. According to the CDC, approximately 6% of married women are dealing with infertility or the inability to get pregnant after trying for one year. Infertility, however, is not just linked to women. In 8% of couples who struggle with infertility, the male’s infertility is the only cause. In 35% of couples with infertility, both partners have factors that contribute.* …

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