Hospital Worker Asked Keshia Knight Pulliam If She Wanted To Apply For WIC

Our girl, Keshia Knight Pulliam, gave birth to her sweet baby, Ella Grace, only a few weeks ago. As we all know, Keshia’s ain’t sh*t baby-daddy has been out of the picture since he publicly announced he wanted a paternity test while they were going through a divorce. Since then, Keshia’s kept a pretty low profile, not even sharing full images of the baby.

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However, Keshia’s been active on her her Kandidly Keshia podcast, and shared a not-so-surprising story about the Lactation specialist at her hospital.

Keshiadsaid her doctors at the Atlanta hospital were great, but the lactation specialist wasn’t so hot.

She recounted:

“This old little white lady, I think she may have voted for Trump, but bless her heart… So lactation specialists, for those who don’t know, because I’m breastfeeding, are the ones who help you through the process … anything having to do with breastfeeding.

“Of the 30-some odd things on here she says, ‘Yes, and we have some great programs that you may want to take advantage of that you may need — WIC is a great program; I don’t know if you have insurance….”WIC is welfare. So I guess she saw this little black girl with the little baby by herself, and on the door, I didn’t realize that they’d put a faux last name, and the last name was ‘Brown.’ So I guess she saw ‘Miss Brown’ and was like, ‘She probably needs some WIC.

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That’s when I stopped her — I said, ‘Ma’am, I have excellent insurance but thank you.

She also said the specialist didn’t seem to want to touch her. And for those that don’t know, these specialist have to be very hands on. Especially with a new mom. My lactation specialist physically placed my nipple in my son’s mouth when he was born. Having a lactation specialist not want to touch you is beyond bizarre.

Like… This lady was not trying to touch my little brown boobie.

This lady, she doesn’t know any better, because if she knew better, she’d do better! But yes, the old Trump lady tried to give me the number for WIC. My thing is this: I get it, it’s about showing the services that are offered, and I probably wouldn’t have been offended had she [listed] several of the services, [not just] WIC

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Smh….what are your thoughts?

 

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26 Comments
  1. How disrespectful!!! I say report her & tell them she eeds to do telephones or something. New moms are already overwhelmed without being degraded by any hospital staffer.

        1. Not everyone will know who Keisha is, so it is not surprising she didn’t know who she is. But it is the assumption that is the problem.

  2. I think it’s apphauling. I’ve experience serious racism from Dr, Nurses and other tenants in the health industry after a very serious and in my words botched knee replacement.

  3. If she was genuinely concerned about you and the baby and she offers the same services to everyone she councils then you shouldn’t be offended, but it doesn’t sound like that was the case. Anyway congratulations and enjoy that beautiful baby.

    1. Are you do far out there that you don’t know there are plenty of people that don’t know about these services. I think it was very good of her to tell you about wic. As for touching you and your boobies, Its not everyone’s thing.. Or maybe she senced you didn’t want to be touch. I know you say thats part of her job but hey, People get jobs where they find them. So be kind. There are lots of reasons people do the things they do

  4. That’s crazy……I hope she let the hospital know how her experience went so they can act accordingly. Fyi…WIC isn’t Welfare. Ijs

  5. I don’t get how this is shady and mean spirited she is just going her job. Does she know for fact that she offered it to her because she was black??!! I mean she see’s a single mother in the room without a father present I’m sure she was just trying to help her out in anyway that she knows how. If she didn’t offer it and she really needed it than that would have been mean spirited. As she said she is under a different name and the women was a senior how was she suppose to know what she had. Smh

    1. The only service she was offered was WIC. There are many other services that are offered to new mothers . Apparently she was only offered WIC. Hence the offense.

    2. I can tell from your comment that you are white because if you weren’t you would get it. Just know some things you will never understand. A lactation specialist gives you the run down of benefits and helps your baby latch on, which you can’t do without touching. I dont understand what you don’t get.

  6. I work for the WIC program and I can assure you it is not “welfare”. It is a grant funded nutrition program that supports breastfeeding and the nutrition of children and pregnant/breastfeeding mothers. As a part of outreach it is the job of the lactation consultants in the hospital to discuss WIC because of the strong support that we have for breastfeeding moms. I doubt that she meant any disrespect. This is very common in a lot of hospitals.

  7. A few years ago I had a tooth infection, dentist told me he could take it out for £50. He must have seen the shock on my face and then he said he can do a root canal but it’s £300. This man assumed I would be ready to lose a tooth because as a black woman I couldn’t possibly have £300 to spend!

  8. I believe that it was handled incorrectly from my understanding because I work in a hospital the lactation nurse typically has information or background for that particular new mom if they have insurance if it’s commercial or a State Medicaid insurance so delivery as far as information about government assistant programs should have been better the lactation nurse or the consultant who was offering the WIC program should have realized that with her insurance that possibly she would not qualify for a government assistance program as WIC WIC is a program for women infants and children and no it is not welfare but it is income-based from my understanding to assist low income families with proper nutrition for the mom infant and children under 5. I truly understand what Keisha was saying and I just feel that sometimes health professionals tend to think if a person is a minority or single parent that they can’t financially provide for the child or that they are not aware of the government programs there are a lot of people that are not celebrities that don’t qualify for WIC so we need to be mindful on how we offer particular government assistant programs when we see for instance a single mom a minority whether she is African American Latino Asian what have you it may appear that financially they cannot afford proper nutrition but we have to be mindful that there a lot of people that can and so I’m just saying we can’t just assume that a particular minority doesn’t have income to provide for their children because that may not be the case and in closing I do understand the caseworker or the lactation consultant basically she was just doing her job but for me being the mother of three children that I breastfed yes it is a Hands-On training session so that type of shade was wrong from the lactation consultant especially by this being her first baby..

  9. I truly believe she made a personal ASSumption. You need to read through ALL SERVICES available and THEN ask, “Are you interested in any of these or do you have questions?” I was ASSumed to have public assistance and I didn’t and treated differently after speaking to others in an after-birth class! After your lil one is here there is no place to deal with prejudice people!

  10. I had a similar experience after having my son. I breastfed but supplemented right away, because I couldn’t keep up with the baby. I ask for enfamil which I had used for my daughter. The nurse brought me back Similac or good start??? I can’t remember which. When I said that’s not what I asked for she replied….I know but Medicaid doesn’t cover enfamil 😒. Not only did I have private insurance but was actually an employee of the hospital, after I checked her she apologized SEVERAL times and even came in after her shift to apologize before she went home. My response “don’t be sorry, be careful”

  11. I understand being a black single mom people think we are in need. To assume not knowing ones background is to prejudge based upon color. I work and have insurance for my child and to think less saying ok black in need is such a slap in the face. Like the WIC worker said the lady should have read profile of client. It appears people of color have to do twice as much as our counter part to be consider capable of taking care of self and our family.

  12. I think its part of their job to ask. Even if a person appears to be financially independent, their circumstances may change later. I was a professional older mom, 35, when I had my child. All the other moms were in their early 20s. The nurses kept asking me to go to their classes to get information like that and to learn how to care for your baby. I begged them to not make me go. I didn’t want to be with all those young girls. I thought it was funny. I clearly had all the resources I needed, married and everything but they still had to ask.

  13. As a ex worker for the W.I.C. Program , WiC is not welfare. You may have been offended but I am glad that she is giving out info on the program. Most places do not and for people who this program actually help, it is a lifesaver.

  14. Just like she asked you, ask her if she normally asks all her patients about WIC, or just the black ones. In any case, explain to her that you appreciate the offer, as well as the need for the service for some mothers, but she can rest assured that neither you nor your baby will be in need of WIC or any other of their services. But thank you.

  15. From looking at photos of KKP she looks very young. I honestly cant say whether or not her age was correct as in the case of them changing her last name, but maybe she thought she was helping a young mother who may often times need more assistance than an older adult.

    I think the fact that she wanted to make sure KKP had help whether she needed it or not showed kindness. If she didn’t care even a little bit she wouldn’t have said anything.

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