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Breastfeeding and Motherhood

by go Inspo | 3 months ago

Earlier this month was “World Breastfeeding Week” that took place from August 1st to August 7th.  This is an annual celebration that first started in 1992 organized by WABAWHO and UNICEF.

The WBW week is now observed in over 120 countries through individuals, organizations, and government.

Their goal is to emphasize the value of breastfeeding for mothers as well as children with recommending to exclusively breastfeed their child for the first six months of life and then supplemented breastfeeding for at least one year and up to two years or more.

At this point, no one can deny the importance of breastfeeding and this is a positive week and event.  However, there’s the bigger picture here that is not discussed – those who have trouble breastfeeding.

Not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to breastfeed for six months and we can only imagine how it feels for the world to celebrate a week of breastfeeding if someone is unable to.

As a couple of our Mom’s discussed in earlier posts, both Lala and Annie are very busy working Moms that deal with what so many other Moms do.

Lala had her very straightforward and informative “Titty Milk Talk” that opened up the conversation for people who may not be able to easily breastfeed.

While Annie shared her New Mom stories of first learning to Nurse and the struggles of traveling while continuing to Nurse/Pump.

The biggest consensus within our community is that everyone’s story is different.  No one should be shamed if they are unable to breastfeed but it’s also important to acknowledge and share the many benefits of breastfeeding as well.

Here are some additional resources from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Resources on womenshealth.gov