#MAMALIME Chats Bout: Breastfeeding and the Caribbean Community
Breastfeeding, and in particular, breastfeeding in public have been big in the media as of late. Seems there’s a large portion of the American population who just don’t want to see women feeding their children unless it’s from a bottle. Tonight we explore what the Caribbean and Caribbean-American communities’ take is on the subject.
Our usual co-hosts Onika Pascalle and Nellie from Brooklyn Active Mama, wasn’t able to make it tonight but we do have two guests with us: Kerry-Ann Reid Brown of Carry On Friends, Stacey Alphonso-Mills a Trinidadian author of the childrens’ books The Boys of Sinclair Hill and Manatee Has a Question.
Who makes up the MamaLime crew? Well, me and a few of mi sistren dem:
Eva Greene Wison aka “SocaMom” is the editor of SocaMom.com and author of Anancy’s Family Reunion Her blog posts have been featured on BlogHer..com and republished in b3 Caribbean Magazine (print and online) and Outlish Magazine (online). She has interviewed soca artists Bunji Garlin and Fay-AnnLyons, former Essence Editor in Chief Constance White, fashion trailblazer Anya Ayoung-Chee, Jamaican TV personality and beauty queen Kamila McDonald Alcock, Trinidadian stage and screen actress Hazelle Goodman, and other leaders in the Caribbean community about connecting children to Caribbean culture and balancing motherhood, higher education, and career. She was most recently honored with two Black Weblog Awards – Best New Blog and Best Parenting Blog. Find her on Twitter at @socamomdc
Pascalle Onika Goddard aka “Onika Pascal is a career savvy supermom-certified Sagittarian-professional introvert-with a funny bone, born in Trinidad, raised in Brooklyn, NY and now residing in Maryland with her 16 year old son. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Medgar Evers College and her Masters of Professional Studies at the George Washington University. In 2008 she self-published a book of poetry entitled Collections of a See Through Soul – Portraits, written under the pen name Onika Pascal. Shortly after, in 2009, she released a second volume of poetry titled, Collections of a See Through Soul – Bardvillian Symphonies. She has contributed to Outlish Magazine (online) and eWoman Magazine (online). She hopes to release more literary works in the future. Find her on Twitter at @OnikaPascal
Mommy. Career Woman. Fitnes Addict. Schnelle “Nellie” Acevedo is a busy mom of two young boys (2 and 4), she is a career woman by day and a self proclaimed fitness junkie by night. Her blog, Brooklyn Active Mama is a positive community that focuses on demonstrating to all women that you can always find time for fitness. She features a Weekly Wednesday Workout and a Friday Fitness Check-In series where she encourages her readers to check in and remain accountable for their fitness and nutrition goals weekly. In addition to getting in the gym 5 times weekly, Nellie became inspired to become a licensed Zumba instructor at Fitbloggin’ 12. She now teaches a regular high energy Saturday Zumba class in Brooklyn. Since beginning to blog Nellie has lost 27lbs (and counting)! Find her on Twitter at @BklynActiveMama
Guests this week are:
Kerry Ann Reid Brown is the primary voice and editorial director of Carry On Friends, a Caribbean-American Lifestyle & Culture blog. Kerry-Ann started Carry On Friends to provide a medium to discuss the Caribbean American perspectives on life and culture through stories, experiences & lessons.
In addition to being a self-published author, Stacey Alphonso Mills is also the manager and co-owner of a company called MAALAN Resources Limited which offers project support services to oil and gas companies.
She is regularly invited to conduct book readings at various primary school across Trinidad & Tobago and other literary events. Both of her books are also part of the ‘Read to Rise’ primary school reading programme established by the Bridge Foundation in early 2013. She is working to complete her newest children’s book which features a wildlife/environmental awareness theme and which she hopes to release in late 2013 or early 2014.