Woke Mama: Dana

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Want to know WTF a Woke Mama is? Each week, we’re introducing awesome women who are making the world a kinder place, one happy baby at a time.

Name & age: Dana Ford-Buerger, 36

Baby: Atticus Tate, 6 months old

What does being a woke mama mean to you?

Not conforming to what society thinks a mother should be now. Getting to the root of motherhood. Being an advocate for breastfeeding, especially as a black women as we are not represented hardly at all.

Instilling in my son who he is; teaching him the story behind his strong name, Atticus. A man named Atticus stood up to a corrupt and unjust system to represent a black man wrongly accused, even though it meant that he would be persecuted and even though he knew he would lose that case. Because back then, blacks could not win in the court of law. (To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee)

What made you choose gentle parenting? And what is your favourite aspect of it?

I grew up with a more aggressive parenting style. And I for sure feel like it put anger in my heart that I do not want to pass on to my son.

Most awesome moment so far?

GOD! Every moment. When he is nursing and he just stops, looks up and me and starts dying laughing!

Biggest struggle so far? How do you cope with stressful moments?

Zero sleep. My son only sleeps 2-3 hours at a time. And I get up 100% of the time with him.

How will you juggle working with gentle parenting?

Stay at home mom… blessed.

Any advice you would give to new mums?

Live in each and every moment. Don’t get stuck making videos and taking pics… actually see with your eyes and heart.

What’s on your soundtrack to your first year of being a Woke Mama?

Sade – Cherish the day… I sing it to him. Jill Scott, Bob Marley and Adele Lullabys.

You can follow Dana on Instagram and read her beautiful blog The Luxe Mom.

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