In one of our recent posts, Exploring the Rainbow as a Tool in Lactation and Healing, I was primarily looking at how external color sources affect humans during pregnancy and during the perinatal period.
After we published that piece, Dominique of DommiesBlessed reached out to share a snippet of her experience with color and breastfeeding.
“On my own breastfeeding journey, I was drawn to pink and white. It was a strong craving for those two colors to the point that I drank pink smoothies and dressed me and my children in white almost daily. I’m sure the white craving was probably due to my overstimulation. We have multiple children and I’ve been breastfeeding for almost a decade,” she wrote.
Fascinated, I headed to her website to explore more. A piece she’d written called The Melanated Areola jumped out.
It starts, “It’s pretty majestic how we change colors. Towards the end of my pregnancy, my areola turned a bold black, deeper than the chocolate of my irises, easily becoming one of the most pigmented parts of my body…”
I was quickly drawn into Dominique’s work and found myself lucky enough to land an interview with her.
This is when she reminded me that not only does color affect us externally, we create and exude color ourselves.
“We are spiritual beings,” she begins. “When we nurse, colors are flowing from our bodies; it’s a metaphysical experience.”
Dominique continues, “We should honor whatever colors we are attracted to or craving and surround ourselves in that color.”
She nods to the colors associated with the seven chakras. Green is the color of the heart chakra, the category responsible for love and relationships, connected to the sense of touch.
“Breastfeeding is a holistic experience,” Dominique continues.
In Western culture, we often try to separate the breast milk from the mother, but when we honor the entire experience, she says, mothers are healthier, babies are healthier, and it creates a “unified, circular connection.”
“The bond radiates from that dyad and ripples out.”
Liquid love, as human milk is sometimes affectionately called, is the answer to devastating global issues, Dominique says.
“Sprinkle chocolate milk on humanity,” she encourages on her site.
DommiesBlessed started as a space for Dominique to detail her experience as soon as she became a mother for the first time. About three years ago though, it morphed into a blog, breastfeeding-friendly space where social media platforms can’t sensor birth and breastfeeding content and a hub for one-on-one, virtual support where she helps families navigate infant feeding as that holistic experience described earlier.
Dominique has always offered her 30-minute emotional support sessions online, but since the onset of COVID, she’s getting more calls about homeschooling, how to get started and how to set up legal documentation.
At the same time, she’s available to help breastfeeding families process their experiences and guide decision making through peer support at a time when families might be feeling even more isolated in their experiences than ‘normal.’
Dominique is active with the Boston Breastfeeding Coalition where she’s helped curate videos featuring breastfeeding support in the Boston area and continues to promote their online support content.
During Black Breastfeeding Week 2019, Dominique released a children’s book called ONE in an effort to contribute a diverse experience to children’s literature.
By harnessing the power of the internet, Dominique has been able to serve other families while centering her own. You can connect with her here.