A mom is speaking out after an incident at the hospital that took place shortly after she gave birth to twins.
Cierra Robison, from Texas, went into premature labor with her twin girls. Born at 34 weeks, the twins were taken to the neonatal intensive care unit for checkups and monitoring from the hospital. And when Robison arrived at the NICU, most nurses were reportedly "supportive" of her decision to breastfeed, said PopSugar.
However, Robison's interaction with the head NICU nurse at the hospital was different and upsetting. The mom shared the worrisome interaction to the Facebook group and Instagram account "Black Women Do Breastfeed", and her story has since gone viral.
The nurse questioned Robison, asking her why she wanted to breastfeed and suggesting that her twins might not successfully latch onto her. "Once she found out I was going to be breastfeeding, she asked, 'Now let me ask you a question . . . why do you want to breastfeed?' I was completely dumbfounded," Robison explained to PopSugar.
And while the nurse was convinced that the babies would need formula to supplement their feeding, Robison maintains the babies latched on as early as "1 day old."
According to the nurse, only eight percent of African American women breastfeed because of a "negative stigma due to wet nursing during slavery." Despite the nurses claim, the CDC reports that in 2008, an estimated 59% of black women breastfed their children. an increase from years prior.
As evidenced by the online community "Black Women Do Breastfeed," these new mothers are working to combat those stigmas one baby at a time.
"You know, I think people are more comfortable sexualizing breasts than relating them to what they were made for, which is feeding another human. It’s crazy.”
#JamesKnight is now 8 months old! These are the moments a mother lives for. Breastfeeding should not be taboo- and bottle feeding should not be judged- it's ALL fun for the whole family:)
"What would I do without this beauty squad after the 15 hours flying and only 3 hours of sleep..." she captioned her photo. In 2010, the model was slammed for her comments on breastfeeding and mothers.
According to Today, Pink almost got into a fight over the remark someone made about her nursing. “I think breast-feeding is healthy and natural and it’s a comfort to my baby,” she explained.
“It should be a choice for everyone. I don’t like the idea of breastfeeding being forced on anyone or anyone feeling guilty,” Olivia Wilde, mom to Otis and Daisy, explained to People.
“[Breastfeeding] is not easy — it’s messy. Like 90 percent of the time you are soaked in milk. It is a difficult thing. But it is, personally for me, a great experience.”
Victoria's Secret Candice Swanepoel posted in 2016: Many women today are shamed for breastfeeding in public, or even kicked out of public places for feeding their children. I have been made to feel the need to cover up and somewhat shy to feed my baby in public places but strangely feel nothing for the topless editorials I've done in the name of art..? The world has been desensitized to the sexualization of the breast and to violence on tv...why should it be different when it comes to breastfeeding? -Breastfeeding is not sexual it's natural- Those who feel it is wrong to feed your child in public need to get educated on the benefits breastfeeding has on mother and child and intern on society as a whole. 💪🏼💙 👫👭 #mothernature
To People, Alanis Morissette said: “We live in a very funny society, a society that on one hand says that we’re just a sexual object … and then when this other sort of otherworldly, biological wind-in-the-hair goddess power comes out in the form of feeding our children in a very beautiful, animal way, that can actually be more intimidating.”
"Breastfeeding is just obviously really convenient with my lifestyle. I don’t know when I’m going to stop [nursing]. I’ll just keep going while I can — he’s getting his teeth so it is a little bit scary. He’s bitten me a few times!" she said in 2007 when nursing Kingston, according to People.