Cultural Differences in Breastfeeding Project

Natasha Sriraman (MD, IBCLC) and Stacy Meyers (RNC, IBCLC), some groovy lactation consultant Mamas and founders of a breastfeeding support group called Best Milk Bistro are working on a project regarding cultural differences in breastfeeding. More specifically, they are interested in the attitudes, beliefs, and practices of breastfeeding within specific cultures.

They’d like both personal stories from mothers and professional experiences of Lactation Consultants or other Health Care Providers working with moms and babies to get a picture of how breastfeeding is viewed within each particular region, country, and/or religion in the context of the mother, the baby, the husband, extended family, and social issues.

They are looking for moms of a distinct cultural group to interview for anecdotal stories. It can be any culture; they are casting a wide net.  Questions they posted to me that I’m passing forward:

  • Do you know any past or current breastfeeding moms with whom you can put us in touch?
  • Are you aware of any providers who work with a particular cultural population?

Most everyone that reads my blog has or is breastfeeding a baby or toddler and you all live in very different places, have different spiritual or religious beliefs, and your own unique extended family situations.

Ladies — if you’re up for an interview to support this research project, please email:

Curious to know the story behind Jiang Xiaojuan, the amazing woman in this photo I stumbled upon tonight?  You can read about her on a Moderate Voice post from Clarissa Pinkola Estes, author of Women Who Run with Wolves (loved it).

How cool would it be for Natasha and Stacy to interview her for their project?

Related Posts with Thumbnails


Leave a Reply


  • Categories



    Follow Me



    Places to go


Art by Erika Hastings at


    Add us to your site!


Click to get the code!