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
- breastfeeding myths,
- my issues with my son’s tongue-tie,
- the beauty and poetry of breastfeeding,
- what to do when breastfeeding fails.
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:
- 5 Things I Wish For in Breastfeeding Fashions
- A Mother’s Boutique, LLC – Ivana Nursing Dress - review / giveaway (closed)
- Smart Mom Jewelry – Teething Bling Set - review / giveaway (closed)
- Glamourmom – Nursing Bra Nightgown - review / giveaway (closed)
- Expressiva – Nursing tank top - review / giveaway (closed)
- Lansinoh – Breastfeeding Support Kit - review / giveaway (closed)
- Bebe Au Lait – Nursing Cover - review / giveaway (closed)
- And So He Weaned (my first son!)
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?