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Fans Tell LHHA star Bambi Benson Breastfeeding her 2-Year Old Son is a ‘White’ Thing

Fans are giving Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta star Adi “Bambi” Benson heat for still breastfeeding her 2-year old old son Breland, who she welcomed in September 2018 with her husband and LHHA co-star Lil Scrappy.

“Yes, I’m still nursing a 17-month-old and it’s not fun,” Benson, who takes her son to Gymboree for play, told her Instagram fans, according to BCK Online.

While some applauded the fact that the active mom is continuing to pass on her antibodies to her son by nursing him for an extended time, others not only disparaged the idea but dismissed it as something “black mothers” do not do!

One fan quipped in response to the post, “Girl, stop that [stuff]/ You ain’t white,” adding, “It’s time BAM, for real.”

Another wrote, “Tell him, ‘That’s your brother/sister’s milk.’ You from the hood. You know that [stuff] looks crazy. Quit playing.”

Benson responded to the scrutiny by writing, “Ignorance of this magnitude is unbelievable.”

One of the reason Black woman stop breastfeeding their babies at an earlier date compared to any other race of women in America is because of cultural stigmatization and rejection of the practice, fueled partly by a general unawareness of the benefits of breastfeeding.

This demo stops breastfeeding earliest out of all other racial groups, partially because of culture stigma.

The Centers for Disease Control  reports that African Americans are less likely to breastfeed their children. “Black infants consistently had the lowest rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration across all study years,” the CDC statistics note.

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies reports that Blacks stop breastfeeding sooner than other races, setting up their children for higher incidences of illnesses and diseases that non-breastfed children succumb to at a higher rate than those who were nursed.

 The report also links higher rates of infant mortality and low birth weight to lack of breastfeeding.

There is a taboo about it among the black community, perhaps, and those who nurse for too long are not encouraged or supported and are sometimes egged on to stop breastfeeding after a few weeks or months.  Although to be fair, shorter breastfeeding times are also linked to working wage-earning mothers who have little to no maternity leave who all have to report to work earlier.  

Also, moms who have shorter maternity leave and/or work in settings where they do not have a private place to pump and store their milk for their babies, also stop earlier.

Kim Durdin-James, national president of the African-American Breastfeeding Alliance (AABA), summed it up well in saying, “In the best of times, breastfeeding is the optimal feeding choice for young children because it provides babies with all vital nutrients for growth and development, but in times of disaster, breastfeeding can mean the difference between life and death.”

h/t BCK Online

Love and Hip Hop’s Erica Mena and Safaree Welcome Daughter

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Love and Hip Hop stars Erica Mena and her husband rapper Safaree Samuels welcomed their first child together, a baby girl.

“These past 24 hrs have been an adventure to say the least!!” the brand new doting dad captioned a photo of his daughter holding onto his finger he posted on Instagram announcing the news. “I’m a part of the #girldad club now ??. Perfection is here ❤️”

Mena later shared a photo of Safaree  loving on his newborn.

The couple married last October 2019 in a lavish ceremony in Atlanta. He is best known for penning several songs for his ex Nicki Minaj. He is from the Hollywood permeation of the hit VH1 reality TV series and she from Atlanta.

Just here staring at my husband as he obsesses over our daughter ♥️??? I thank God,” she captioned the sweet photo. “I prayed for this life.”

Earlier in the day, she revealed that the newest addition to their family is a rainbow baby, a baby born after a loss such as a miscarriage or still born. Mena has 12-year old son named King from a previous relationship.

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Our Rainbow Baby ♥️✨ @lolamelani

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While pregnant, Mena displayed the cutest style which featured a lot of animal print!

And earth tones

And soft jogging suits

And in wedding dresses?

 

‘LHH Atlanta’ Alum Erica Dixon is Pregnant with Identical Twin Girls

Congratulations to former Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta star Erica Dixon who is expecting twin girls in May this year.

Dixon, who already has one daughter, Emani, with ex castmate Lil Scrappy, announced the news of the identical twin pregnancy when she launched a pregnancy Vlog on her YouTube channel last week on February 9. (WATCH BELOW)

In the candid video, Dixon shares that the pregnancy was unexpected, that she was hoping for twin boys and had been experiencing extreme morning sickness.

She learned that the twins are girls along with close family and friends during a “gender reveal party”. Pink fireworks exploded in the sky among the event venue.

She talked about the journey and shared photos from the gender reveal on her Instagram account yesterday.

“Blessed beyond what I deserve. ?? Thank you all for keeping this private until we were ready to share,” she captioned the slideshow. “Thank you to @hopedahairologist who set up an amazing reveal and my closest friends and family who have been on this journey with me. The love and support has been more than appreciated.”This has been a difficult yet rewarding journey for me with the sickness and scares but we’ve conquered and will continue to. “

She continued: “This has been a difficult yet rewarding journey for me with the sickness and scares but we’ve conquered and will continue to. Prayers up and if you want to follow my journey or more details click the link in my bio. #Maybabiesontheway”

She has not revealed who is the dad to the twins but there is rumors that she is engaged to him.

Congrats!

LHHA’s Joseline Hernandez Shared her Water Birth Experience on ‘The Real’

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Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta star Joseline Hernandez guest co-hosted on The Real this week and shared her experience having a natural, non-medicated water birth at a birthing center using a Douala. It has been just two and a half weeks since she welcomed her first child, daughter Bonnie Bella.

During the “Girl Chat” segment of the FOX Network daytime panel talk show, Hernandez shared insights into her labor and birthing experience which was filmed for a VH1 Delivery Special she co-executive produced. She explained shared that after her OB/GYN explained to her that the hospital wouldn’t allow the film crew, she opted to deliver in a birthing center, utilizing doulas and midwives.

The other hosts asked her to explain the experience more in depth.

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“You have all women, strong women, sort of like what we are,” Hernandez exclaimed. “It was the best experience in my whole life” adding “it is  like having a baby at a resort..”.like a hotel with a small pool.

When co-host Adrienne Bailon asked her if anything crazy happened, she shared a hilarious story about losing the fancy wig she wore during delivery and keeping the hat and headscarf and not letting the birthing staff, film crew or anyone else remove the hat.

The drawbacks of having a full staff, film crew, lights and all in your face in middle of intense contractions, we suppose!  She looked fabulous in white, red tassel earrings and a cute bouffant while co-hosting for the third or fourth time. Watch!

Inside Joseline Hernandez’s Baby Shower

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Reality TV cast member of the VH1 show Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta Joseline Hernandez had her baby shower this weekend and it was a well-attended affair. From images on social media, the theme colors included pink and gold for Hernandez’s daughter, who she has chosen to name Bonnie Bella.

The event featured several cakes including a baby carriage cake and a cake of a live birth! Wow! yeah. Sounds like the event was lit!

This weekend, media reports indicate that Grammy-award winning producer Stevie J finally accepted and confirmed paternity of the soon-to-be born child. He was a no show at the event which actually featured strippers. Wow! I can’t keep up but Inquisitor did a pretty comprehensive round up of the drama here!

Here are more pics from vendors and sponsors of the event that was also taped for a Vh1 special about the final months and delivery.

Our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Yandy Smith was there too!

The after is almost ready ……….. #wedothis

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Report: VH1 Reality Tv star Joseline Hernandez will give birth on New show 

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 Kourtney Kardashan trailblazed in the category of filming her birth for a reality TV show and it looks like VH1 star of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta Joseline Hernandez may be cashing in on her pregnancy.

Rolling Out reports that Hernandez recently claimed that she’s headed to Miami to film a “delivery special.”

Vh1 will reportedly showcase Hernandez’s journey to becoming a mother, the site states.

The rapper is also slated to give birth to her baby on camera for fans to see, reports say.

The drama may circle around reveal of who the baby’s dad, either ex beau Stevie J or rapper Young Dro.

Interesting stuff!

h/t Rolling Out

#GetTheLook: Rasheeda Frost Style muse- All black with a Pop of Color

From our sister blog, Posh The Socialite

Style inspiration of the day comes from our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Love and Hip Hop Atlanta star Rasheeda Frost in all black with a pop of color. I’m loving Rasheeda in this look, in a matter a fact I’ve been style stalking Rasheeda theses days.

Look out for more style inspiration and Get the look in future post!



VH1 ‘Love and Hip Hop’ couple Joseline Hernandez and Stevie J are expecting

Shortly after announcing plans for a spin off to the couple’s reality television show titled The Jordans, Stevie J, star of VH1’s Love and Hip Hop Atlanta announced that he and his wife Joseline Hernandez are expecting their first child together.
During an interview with the radio show at 100.7FM, the hip hop performing artist confirmed that he and his rapper “main” rapper Hernandez are adding on to the family.
“It’s all real, but we got new additions with the family too but I don’t wanna say too much, but you know what I’m saying,” Stevie J told the station. “We extending and expanding the Jordan family….If you understand what I mean”.
He later accepted the dj’s congratulations confirming the news. 
It should make an interesting story line for the couple considering the ongoing storyline on the main show involves his relationship with cast member Mimi Faust.


This would be Stevie’s 7th child, but her first. 


Should make for an interesting story line. Stay tuned.

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