"Breastfeed Ya' Baby"

 

Kanisha and Antquan are young parents who are informed about the advantages of breastfeeding and have had access to information to help them thru the process. Kanisha has a breastfeeding sling on. Antquan and Kanisha both feel that big business doesn't serve their best interests and society doesn't yet embrace the tradition of breastfeeding. They are determined to make breastfeeding PC.

 

Nicole character is our typical Mall chick.

 

The lactation consultant is motherly, fun and informative. She is BTDT:"been there and done that".

 

Nicole is walking by and sees Kanisha looking at the wares the vendorsare selling in the booths. She greets her and starts a conversation withKanisha. Antquan is holding John jr. He notices Kanisha talking with friend.

 

Nicole: Hey girlfriend! Long time no see...how have you been?

Kanisha: Hey girl, I been good. Really good. I just had a baby!

Nicole:( looking stunned)...GET OUT! You look FABULOUS!

Kanisha: Yeah well, I breastfeed and it's rea------

Nicole: ( looking disgusted)-EXCUSE ME?

Kanisha: I said I BREASTFEED.

Nicole: (looking uncomfortable)................oh.

 

~ and as the music intro's, they can spar in the rapping like~

 

Kanisha: I don't like the look that you're giving me.

Nicole: Your baby sees your breast. That's not like me.

Kanisha: Oh really? Well what is....something plastic?

Nicole: Come on now Kanisha, no need to get drastic.

Kanisha: Well I can't help it. I'm passionate about it.

               My breastmilk, I can't see him without it.

               Wait, let me back up, perhaps you don't understand.

               So let me break it down for you, me and my man

             You need to BREASTFEED YOUR BABY....

   BREASTFEED YOUR BABY>>>>..

 

 

 

At this point Kanisha indicates the presence of Antquan and John Jr.

 

 

All:

Breastfeed your baby,

Breastfeed your baby

Breastfeed your baby,

Breastfeed your baby

 

 

Kanisha: My baby is healthy, his body is good

   Cause I feed him food straight from the HOOD!

We don't need no bags, no bottles in tow;

We just pick up our kid and we're good to go.

All that we need, I've got right here. (Indicates breasts)

Just a couple of diapers and we are in gear.

Our baby's got food; we've got what it takes ---

For blackouts, traffic, hurricanes or quakes!!!

 

All: Breastfeed ya baby

Kanisha: Did I forget mudslides? Oh yes, and droughts, floods, and any other natural disasters I might be forgettin'.

 

All: Breastfeed ya baby

Nicole: "Eat at Mom's" (Happy she is discovering the possibilities)

Breastfeed ya baby

Kanisha: (Aggressively) My milk is the milk of human kindness!

 

Breastfeed ya baby   Nicole: But isn't it a lot of work?

Breastfeed ya baby

Breastfeed ya baby   Antquan: Yeah but so is givin' a bottle?

 

Antquan: When the baby gets hungry in the middle of the night

Getting the bottle ready is some kinda fight

Warmin up the bottle with the baby crying

carryin on just as if he were dyin

After the bottle, he's awake! Wants to play!

An' YOU gotta GO to work the next day

(Indicating Kanisha) Antquan:Mama here 's got it down to a science

Breastfeeding, she says, is her favorite appliance

 

 

With a little night light, to see in the dark

And a safe little spot where the baby gets parked.

Whenever he wakes for some food in the night

She just reaches out;  "and pulls him in tight"

She never gets up, or wakes or gets cold,

She gets so much rest, it's heaven, I'm told.

She never gets up, or wakes or gets cold,

She gets so much rest, it's heaven, I'm told.

 

Breastfeed ya baby Kanisha: nodding oh yeah.

Breastfeed ya baby

Breastfeed ya baby

Nicole: But what do you do when you go back to work?

 

Kanisha: Pump is the answer, Mz Material Girl

A cooler n' a cup the best of all worlds

The trick is to keep milk production up

And that's why you use a cooler and a cup

Empty the breast every break when you're away

And breastfeed your baby at the end of the day

You put your milk in the cooler, baby- sitters use the cup

When you come home to your baby all he needs to do is suck.

 

Pumpin my milk helps my kid n me stay healthy

And with me in the office, big boss stays wealthy

Pumpin my milk helps my kid n me stay healthy

And with me in the office, big boss stays wealthy

 

Antquan:

Some brothers think it's either me or the kid

But my woman taught me better, Kanisha: oh yeah she did

 

Antquan: See I'm not jealous and my homies agree

Ya do it for the baby, ya doin it for me.

I know it takes time, and you're all tired out

But we're a team, that's the thing, what parenthood is all about.

I can help with my baby; I can take 'em to the park

I can show em the moon when the night gets dark

I can rock 'em I can bathe 'em, my son or my daughter

I can make em feel protected like every daddy oughta'

 

So mama Girl, when you give em what he needs,

I'm bustin' with pride that my woman breastfeeds.

So Mama Girl, when you give em what he needs,

I'm bustin' with pride that my woman breastfeeds.

 

Breastfeed ya baby

Breastfeed ya baby  

 

Kanisha: So, I ain't warmin' a bottle for no kid of mine.

My milk is perfection all of the time.

Breastfeedin'? It makes my baby smarter.

In everything he does he's an early starter.

A lactation consultant got me inspired.

She said:

Lactation Consultant: Plug in your baby when he's cryin' or tired.

Your breasts are a kind of miracle tool.

You don't need a pacifier; don't be a fool.

All: Uh. Why not?

Lactation Consultant: Ahhh, Nipples don't fall on the floor as a rule.

CHORUS: Uh, huh, she told us, um huh, go ahead.

 

(Lactation Consultant addresses the Nicole.)

Lactation Consultant: Now I say, "Suck". (Girl reacts with shock) Did that freak you out?

"Suck" just keeps the areola from falling out!

It's the tongue makes the milk roll through in a ripple

With a wavelike motion through the natural nipple

It's very simple, pucker up n' swallow

The tongue rolls up, makes all the milk follow.

It's very simple, pucker up n' swallow

The tongue rolls up, makes all the milk follow.

 

 

(Then Lactation Consultant Addresses Kanisha).

"I knew you were afraid there'd be some  pain

But your baby opened wide, just like he was trained.

You center the nipple, you pull him in quick

Then you make real sure you can see his tongue stick

Stick out past him gums to grasp the areola

The tongue rolls up and gets the … (she searches and then finds the word…..)  milk-ola!

 

With his lips flanged out, just like a pout.

Now the tongue pushes up against the roof of that mouth

And lo and behold Mama's milk pours out

See wasn't I right; there is no reason to shout.

The strongest muscle, at birth, is the tongue

Tells the breast, Yo Mama: make mo' milk for yo' son.

The strongest muscle, at birth, is the tongue

Tells the breast, Yo Mama: make mo' milk for yo' son.

 

 

Kanisha: Yo yo yo YO, lets hear from da man a da house!

(Beat box)

Antquan: (Referring to the Lactation Consultant)

The best thing I've learned about the breast came from you

You said,  (He imitates Lactation Consultant) Stop that worryin', the breast is not taboo.

You told me feeding baby doesn't mean the end for me

I can still get my cuddles and it safe, you see

The nipple (pause), it's shaped (pause) just like a flower (said tenderly)

But this little flower's got healing power. (Said like right on!)

It creates a little thing that protects the baby

Called antibodies (pause kids back up) ain't that crazy

When germs hit the nipple, it is like an alarm

And the anti body button just switches on

When junior's on the floor stuffin' stuff in his mouth

(And you know the weird things he can find around the house!)

He's safe, no fears, no fuss,  no muss.

The breast is so safe even I can touch.

 

Kanisha: If I let you that is.

Nicole: Um hum You tell em Girl

Antquan: Oh yeah, baby, Yur da boss (grin)

 

This antibody stuff makes germs bite the dust

So the Bust busts a move that my baby can trust.

Mommy's body's antibodies are a beautiful thing

Pure gold, so I'm told, yo, it makes me wanna sing

Mommy's body's antibodies are a beautiful thing

Pure gold, so I'm told, yo, it makes me wanna sing

 

(He's getting carried away; the women try to hold him back)

All: Breastfeed ya baby

With artificial milk: the first can is "free"?

Sounds like artificial SUBSTANCE -- abuse -- to me.

Bottled milk stops the breast from being "cued".

And production shuts down: No baby, no food:

Artificial feeding, (pause) Man, it's addictive,

When baby gets hooked, the breast is convicted.

Kanisha: says: All I have to do is …just say, NNOOO!

(Nicole's character is changing from passive to proactive)

Nicole: I get it.  Big business tells Mama her breasts don't make the grade

Big business is the pusher and the drug is man made.

 

Antquan: You go girl, NOBODY's gonna take advantage of you!

 

Big Business step back Yo, You can't see me.

I refuse to misuse what God's given me.

"Bottle milk is just like mother". not quite

It's all about the Benjamins. and that ain't right.

Yo? Yo? Listen up; this is the WORD I'm bringing:

HELLO? THE CLUE PHONE IS RINGING!

 

"Eat at Mom's"

Breastfeed your baby

Kanisha: (Very proud, OK? And give three snaps)

 My milk is the milk of human kindness!

 Or (100% all natural no preservatives and "Grade A" all the way.)

     

 

Nicole: Is it good for you?

Lactation Consultant: Don't you even doubt it.

Nicole: Is it natural and pure

Lactation Consultant: Don't you worry about it.

This isn't milk just like any other this is special milk

This is milk from your mother!

 

 

Nicole: WOW! I never thought of things that way.

I'm speechless, man, I don't know what to say.

One things's for sure: When I give birth,

I'm gonna feed my baby what I think it's worth.

No baby of mine will get less than the best.

So I guess My baby will be getting the breast!

 

Breastfeed ya baby

Breastfeed ya baby

Breastfeed ya baby

Breastfeed ya baby

Breastfeed ya baby

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(Here Antquan smiles and nods. Maybe thumbs up?)

 

Breastfeed ya baby

Breastfeed ya baby

Breastfeed ya baby

Got milk!