Today is World Breastfeeding Day, which kicks off World Breastfeeding Week!

The 2011 theme for WBW is “Talk to Me! Breastfeeding – a 3D Experience.” Wait, don’t don those blue and red glasses yet. But do take a moment to reconsider your own breastfeeding experiences. I know when I was searching my mind and heart for some posts to write for my readers, mostly I considered things like when I breastfed, and where I breastfed. I also thought about who supported me along the way. Communication and support throughout the breastfeeding experience is the 3rd dimension so often overlooked.

As the folks at WBW state it:

This third dimension includes cross-generation, cross-sector, cross-gender, and cross-culture communication and encourages the sharing of knowledge and experience, thus enabling wider outreach.

Breastfeeding for me seemed just a natural thing to do, because my mom had breastfed, and I have a lot of friends who breastfed. But I am wondering if I was so open to the idea was because of how / where / when I was raised?

I wonder: Do younger mothers have the same interest and desire to breastfeed?  Are some cultures more likely to promote breastfeeding? And why are the dads seemingly out of the loop when it comes to breastfeeding? (No worries, I didn’t spare my husband ONE. AGONIZING. DETAIL. :) Love you, babe!).

I’d love to hear from my readers your experiences and opinions on this topic! Did your cultural / family / social background play any influence in your decision to breastfeed or not to breastfeed?

This week, I’m supporting and celebrating breastfeeding with my 2nd “Latch On!” Breastfeeding Awareness and Support Event.

Last year, during the first Latch On! Breastfeeding event, I wrote about

I shared some awesome products for breastfeeding moms, like

This year, I’m bringing more reviews and giveaways of breastfeeding related items, and also sharing my thoughts and experiences of the past 17 months of breastfeeding! Here’s a BIG thank you to my sponsors:

I’ll post links to the articles and reviews here as an index for the event:

I hope you enjoy this event… it’s my bon voyage to breastfeeding … until next time!

Please share your thoughts and experiences – what were your favorite breastfeeding products/brands? memories? tips?

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  • Stephanie August 2, 2011, 12:29 pm

    My mom has six kids…and she breastfed all of us for 1-2 years each. I really admire her for that and I know her choice impacted my decision to breastfeed both of my girls into toddlerhood.

    Also – My husband is a huge advocate for breastfeeding and has supported me every step along the way!

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  • Di August 1, 2011, 8:33 am

    My family background definitely played a role in my decision to breastfeed. Really, I never even considered using formula (before giving birth). My mom was/is a BIG breastfeeding supporter. She was very involved in a la leche group when she had my brother (the first born). My brother’s wife had sucessfully nursed 2 children before I had my first. It just didn’t even consider formula. Well…until after my son was born. Wow!!! I didn’t know it would be such a challenge. I spent many tearful days trying to get him to latch on. I thought it would never happen. It did and I was able to nurse him without any formula supplementing until he was 15 months. My little girl was a little harder. She wasn’t gaining weight and after trying everything I thought I could to help, I began giving her one bottle of formula a day. She began to gain weight. Looking back I see a bunch of othere things I could have done. I can’t change that, but now I know for the next time (if there is one). I think support is key. I wouldn’t have made it without the support of my husband and mom.

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