These days there's no shortage of chatter about exercises for heart health, cancer-fighting foods, and recipes for keeping blood sugar in check. But there's less talk about the kidneys, the twin organs that many doctors have deemed the unsung heroes of the human body.
My hands were gripping the sides of the table as I lay on my back, knees bent. I was sweating profusely as the nerves in my pelvis sent angry shocks of pain toward my abdomen. The parchment paper underneath me started to stick to the small of my back.
I so badly wanted to be that, “Afro, Mother Earth, breastfeeding in public" mom, you know? Just knowing that our bodies produce milk that is especially curated for our child's DNA was—and is—amazing to me. [But] It was so painful—I asked them to double check that she wasn't born with teeth.
When she was able to pump, Roche-Paull says she had to do so in a bathroom or a dirty supply closet that didn’t lock. “I worked around hazardous materials like jet fuel and no one could tell me if it was safe for my pumped milk that I was feeding my baby,” she says. “There were no books on this subject, and no one to talk to about the questions and struggles I was facing.”
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