All over the world – people are celebrating World Breastfeeding week – to raise awareness and support for breastfeeding. We know this is a highly personal topic, so we turned to moms for their perspectives and experience with breastfeeding.
A woman’s body provides much needed nourishment.
“It’s been more than three years since I breastfed for the last time, but I’m still in awe of the fact that my body was able to nourish my babies in this way, and help them grow into the healthy, active, BIG kids they are today.” Amber Strocel – Vancouver, Strocel.com
“My road to being a breastfeeding advocate was a long process. I started with the thinking that it was just another option for feeding a baby. However, more than five years later, my feelings have changed. I have realized that breastfeeding is not simply a lifestyle choice – it is a health issue and part of your child’s human rights.” Jenny – the Phillippines, Chronicles of a Nursing Mom
Breastfeeding is not always easy.
“I wish I would have known that breastfeeding is the most natural process that doesn’t come naturally or easily to all mothers. Without the help and support of the most patient and wise lactation consultant, I think I would have given up on breastfeeding altogether. Lactation consultants are a struggling breastfeeding mother’s best hope for success; every nursing mother should have access to such support.” Tiany Davis – Louisiana, Social Savvy Mom
“My son was 6 weeks when I went out to dinner with friends. I excused myself to go the bathroom to nurse him when an experienced mother at the table stopped me, “Sit down, nurse him here, no one cares.” She changed my entire view of nursing. Her words gave me the confidence to nurse anywhere.” Carina Hoskisson – Utah, Jet Set Carina
Breastfeeding fosters the bonds between mother and child.
“Breastfeeding is so important to me because of the closeness I feel with my kids. It is like a ‘magic potion’ to calm my kids down when they’re upset, make them feel better when they’re feeling sick, or snuggle them down to sleep. Of course there are health benefits too, but I really enjoy the emotional benefits of breastfeeding.” Jennifer Borget – Texas, Baby Making Machine
Breastfeeding is something to feel pride in.
“I wish more people realized that breastfeeding isn’t something to be ashamed of. Moms can and should feed their babies when their babies are hungry. I wish more people realized that the more we breastfeed in public, the more it will become normalized, and the less power others will have to tell us to hide, cover up, and stay home.” Kim Borchet – Texas, Prairie Mama
Below is a word cloud representing the responses we receive to the question “What does breastfeeding mean to you?”
Take Action Challenge
Watch and share this:“Breastfeeding. It’s natural” from UNICEF. Share why breastfeeding is important to you on our Facebook page or on Twitter with the hashtag #WBW2014. Did you breastfeed your babies? Share your thoughts and memories with us!