While there are some universal truths regarding breastfeeding, it's a relatively different experience for each and every woman. A mom's ethnicity and background can play a part in those differences, too, and understanding those variations is a key part of giving all women the nursing support they need. Latinas come from a wide variety of countries. We don’t all speak Spanish, we’re not all indigenous, or white, or black, but likely a mix. in other words, we're all unique. Still, there are some things you should know about Latinas who breastfeed.
As a Latina mom myself, I can say that my own experience with breastfeeding was a bit tumultuous. I knew, long before my son was born, that I wanted to breastfeed. Still, that want didn't keep my nursing journey from being nothing short of challenging. I had some support from my mother, and the lactation consultants that would drop by while I was with my son in the NICU, but that was it. My OB-GYN was anything but helpful. And for some reason, my mom friends didn’t really chat with me about breastfeeding.
As the result of a limited support system, I wound up weaning my son after just four months of breastfeeding, after the stress of pumping or feeding every two hours, and barely producing any milk, was slowly driving me batty. And it turns out, my experience is fairly typical to that of many other Latina moms. So with that in mind, and because every woman deserves to be supported while she feeds another human being with her body, here's what us Latina moms want everyone else to know about nursing: