This week is World Breastfeeding Week 2011. From 1-7 August 2011, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), and breastfeeding advocates in more than 170 countries worldwide will be celebrating World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) for the 19th year with the theme “Talk to Me! Breastfeeding – a 3D Experience”.
Breastfeeding support is near and dear to my heart. I was able to breastfeed all three of my children, but if I had not had adequate support with my first, and in many ways, most difficult nursling I am not sure if I ever would have been able to continue.
Breastfeeding is hard. For some it is beyond hard. Support is essential to success. And yes, I believe that breastfeeding is best AND that making women feel guilty if they can’t/don’t is shameful.
Support comes in many forms and is dependent on so many variables. The time of support for a mother is ideally before pregnancy through to weaning. Yet, breastfeeding support must also be available at home, in the broader society, in health care, and this is the piece that should always exist and is the piece that needs so much more help.
I am excited to see that this year’s World Breastfeeding Week is focused on communication – across generations, cultures, and genders. It is time that the world recognizes its lack of respect for mothers and breastfeeding is a great way to start.
I intend to have a different post each day to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week.
I would love to hear from you today. What is your story? No matter where you are in life, we all have them. What are your thoughts, feelings, hopes about breastfeeding (for yourself or your society or the world)?
I’m celebrating World Breastfeeding Week with Natural Parents Network!
You can, too — link up your breastfeeding posts from August 1-7 in the linky below, and enjoy reading, commenting on, and sharing the posts collected here and on Natural Parents Network. (Visit NPN for the code to place on your blog.)