World Breastfeeding Week Celebration! A Call For Submissions.

July 8, 2010 at 04:25 3 comments

World Breastfeeding Week is fast approaching and I want to celebrate!

Recent blogging carnivals on a vast array of parenting subjects have inspired me to put together a similar event right here on my blog to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week.

The focus of World Breastfeeding Week is taking steps to ensure that more women who want to breastfeed are able to meet their breastfeeding goals by working to establish ‘baby friendly’ practices in hospitals and birthing centers, and working to support and educate women and medical professionals about lactation issues.

How can you add your voice to the celebration and help support breastfeeding mothers everywhere?

You can share your Breastfeeding stories!

I have chosen 3 themes for the week based on the overall goal of supporting women to meet their own breastfeeding goals. Below are the themes that I have chosen, along with a couple prompts to get you started. If you have a story to share that doesn’t fit into one of these categories SEND IT ANYWAYS! Every woman, baby, and breastfeeding relationship is different, the following themes and prompts are JUST SUGGESTIONS.

1) Don’t be a boob – breastfeeding taboos, stereotypes and myths often negatively affect a mother’s chances of successfully breastfeeding for as long as she’d like, or at all.

-Have you encountered any stereotypes, taboos, or myths from family, friends, or medical professionals?

-How did you react to them?

-Were you able to work past them?

-Did you hold any of these stereotypes, taboos, or myths yourself before breastfeeding?

-How and why did you change your mind?

2) Fairy boob mothers – the love and support of family is key to establishing a strong breastfeeding relationship. The love and support of someone knowledgeable who has been where you are can be even better!

-Did you get any good support and advice from anyone about breastfeeding?

-Did you have a breastfeeding friend or relative who you looked up to?

-What about nurses or lactation experts?

– did you receive encouragement for care from someone that helped you to meet your breastfeeding goals?

3) The “boobless” – There was no breastfeeding support more valuable to me than that of my husband, and I am sure the same hold true for many. But sometimes finding a parenting niche is tough for those “boobless” caregivers. Daddies have a hard job when offering comfort isn’t as simple as lifting your shirt. I want to hear from those “boobless” partners! (Or if your partner has breasts too, just not the ones that feed your nursling, I want to hear from her too!)

-How do you think breastfeeding has affected your family’s dynamic?

-Were you always supportive of breastfeeding?

-If not, what convinced you? How and why did your views change?

-In the early days, when mama and baby spent hours nursing and bonding, what did you/do you do to bond with your little one?

-What did you/do you do to help your partner?

-Of course if you are a breastfeeding mama who would like to write about how awesome and wonderful her partner is and how s/he helped you meet your breastfeeding goals we want to hear from you too!

Once again I want to stress that these themes and prompts are not set in stone. If you have a breastfeeding story you would like to share that doesn’t fit any of these categories please send it anyways!

Creativity is encouraged! If you feel more comfortable submitting a poem, researched paper, photo, video, (cool event button or badge!!!) or anything breastfeeding related rather than a personal story you are more than welcome!

You can send your submissions to me at: pocket [dot] Buddha [at] gmail [dot] com.

Once I approve your submission for inclusion in my World Breastfeeding Week Celebration I will send you an email with a blurb introducing the event to add to the top of your post.  You may then post your piece and send me the link.

Your piece should be submitted before Thursday July 29th and  should posted no later than August 1st.

During World Breastfeeding week (August 1st – 7th) I will post links to all of the submissions. So be prepared for some extra traffic and comments that week.

If you do not have your own blog, you may submit a piece anyways and I would be happy to post it as a guest post on this  site.

Thank you in advance for all of your submissions! If you don’t plan on contributing, make sure you watch this space August 1st-7th for links to all of the submissions, it’s sure to be good reading!

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  • 1. Our Sentiments  |  July 9, 2010 at 03:41

    Thank you! I will set down to doing some entries, I have some ideas on the go here. I will send you ASAP (when the children are sleeping LOL). Take care!

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