Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2015

It’s been about a month since the UK National Breastfeeding Week; I’m so excited that an even bigger Breastfeeding event is here.

It’s World Breastfeeding Week 2015 in a week, 1 to 7 August … yah! So many people from all around the world joining together to take ACTION for breastfeeding. Global actions to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding is needed in a world where informed choice about infant feeding is not as widespread as it could be.

This year’s theme is: Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make it Work!

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“Whether a woman is working in the formal, non-formal or home setting, it is necessary that she is empowered in claiming her and her baby’s right to breastfeed”.

A woman’s productivity does not have to be dwarfed by her necessary choice (or not in some cases, sadly) to reproduce and breastfeed. This year’s focus is about promoting policies and practices to support ALL woman to adequately juggle breastfeeding and work (whatever work may be). It’s worth visiting the World Breastfeeding Week website for more information and resources.

You might know about my Breastfeeding and I project which overall aims to promote positive and constructive conversations about infant feeding in general and breastfeeding in particular. I am celebrating World Breastfeeding Week as part of this.

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How I’m I Celebrating?

I will explore the World Breastfeeding Week’s website to find out more, and share about the Week online and offline.

I will continue to speak up for breastfeeding in the workplace, whenever I have the opportunity.

I’m joining in with Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt; this involves writing and reading posts with the following themes during World Breastfeeding Week:

Saturday 1st August – The start of my Breastfeeding Journey
Sunday 2nd August – Positive Public Breastfeeding
Monday 3rd August – How to Dress to Impress
Tuesday 4th August – Working and Breastfeeding
Wednesday 5th August – Extended Breastfeeding (past one year)
Thursday 6th August – The People Behind the Breastfeeder
Friday 7th August – The end of my Breastfeeding Journey
Some of my posts might come with giveaways from brands I enjoy working with … more to be revealed later. πŸ™‚ So, do visit for a read and a potential win. πŸ™‚

Stumbling on this campaign last year whilst on maternity leave, introduced me to blog competitions and the mummy blogging world. So, participating this year as a blogger, is especially lovely.

I’m part of the #PostiveAboutBF breastfeeding collaboration , check out our Facebook page and @PostiveAboutBF on Twitter for positives stories about breastfeeding. I will be contributing to our collaborative blog and helping to host twitter chats from 8 to 9pm every day of World Breastfeeding Week, based on the Keep Britain Breastfeeding themes.

I will be launching my BreastfeedingandI Facebook page next week, in time for World Breastfeeding Week. Come and say hello and join in with positive and constructive discussions about infant feeding in general and breastfeeding in particular.

I will follow The Global BIG Latch On on 31 July and 1 August 2015 online, and share it online and offline. They are trying to break the record for the most children breastfeeding simultaneously.

I am hosting the BritMums Carnival on the 11 August 2015, focused on theWorld Breastfeeding Week’s theme for this year.

How can you join in?

  • Visit and explore the World Breastfeeding Week‘s website.
  • Join in with the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt – there’s a grand prize to be won, and other prizes on some of the participating blogs … so many lovely blogs and reads to discover.
  • Join in with #PostiveAboutBF Twitter chats; RSVP on our collaborative blog to be reminded.
  • Follow Keep Britain Breastfeeding, #PositiveAboutBF, and my new #BreastfeedingandI on Facebook, Twitter, and our blogs.
  • Support The Global BIG Latch On.
  • Follow brands like Medela and MultiMam on Social Media; I know they are celebrating World Breastfeeding Week. I’m sure many brands who sell breastfeeding products will share interesting posts, discounts and competitions to celebrate the Week too.
  • Organise your own event in your local area and sign the pledge on the World Breastfeeding Week’s website.
  • Contact your professional union and political representatives to find out how they are helping to make work, work for breastfeeding mums and their families.
  • Avoid judgemental conversations about Infant feeding; instead engage in constructive discussions about it.
  • Submit a relevant blog post to be considered for my Carnival post.

What do you think of World Breastfeeding Week? Do you plan to get involved? How?

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41 thoughts on “Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2015

    • Breastfeeding is right up my street at the moment, it looms really large in my mothering at the moment; hence why I probably know about World Breastfeeding Week. Yeah, that closeness is pretty special, isn’t it; even more so as they grow and need us less. Thanks for your linky.

  1. Wow there is loads to do. This sounds really exciting. I love how much support there is now for breastfeeding and what lovely communities there are to help encourage you along. I had mastitus and cracked bleeding breasts when I first started breastfeeding. It was so painful and I just used to cry through every feed. I ended up getting so much support from other mums and was told to get some medela shields. I even had some specialists come to my house voluntarily to help get my daughter to latch on properly. I was so overwhelmed by the support. It’s great that so much happens for world breastfeeding week. It would be so helpful for mums struggling and also such a nice celebration for established breastfeeders. πŸ˜€ #mummymonday x
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    • I think so too Chloe; World Breastfeeding is a time of celebration for established and struggling breastfeeders, and all that are concerned about infant feeding. There is a lot one can do, if one is interested.

      It’s lovely to know you got the support you needed, this should be every mum’s story. Oh, I know the feeding tears too; the pain is hard to describe. Thank God, we forget with time. πŸ™‚

  2. This has come at the perfect time for me, my little girl was born on Thursday and we’re both getting the hang of the feeding thing – it’s going really well but we are trying to get her treated for a tongue tie that’s make things a little more difficult (painful) than it should be. I’ll be really keen to explore all of the Breastfeeding Week content though to get some more tips!

    • Congratulations; fantastic! Hope you get all the support you need with the ‘feeding thing’. There will be lots of fab breastfeeding post next week; hope you enjoy all the ones you read, and join in with the conversation. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Sarah. I know the value of breastfeeding support, and it’s such a big part of my mothering at the moment. I enjoy talking about breastfeeding and I’m keep to reach out to those who need support. Breastfeeding and mothering can be such a lonely road, but it doesn’t have to do. All exciting stuff, thanks for dropping by. πŸ™‚

  3. I wish there was some thing like this when I had my daughter, this is the kind of thing I would of needed for a bit of extra support and knowledge. Keep up the good work! Xx

  4. Great post, you’ve inspired me to get involved with celebrating breastfeeding week! I have been so empowered by breastfeeding my twins and although I never thought I’d get this far I’m very happy that they haven’t given up yet! I think everyone should celebrate the wonderful achievement (let’s be honest it’s not always easy or lovely!) that is breastfeeding! #twinklytuesday
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    • Thanks for dropping by … wow, so fab you’ve breastfed your twins so long (15months, it seems from your post). I can’t imagine breastfeeding more than one at the same time, and even one IS NOT ALWAYS EASY OR LOVELY, never mind 2! Breastfeeding is definitely empowering, especially when it goes well, immediately or eventually.

      So pleased you’re getting involved with celebrating World Breastfeeding Week! Looking forward to ‘running into you’ in the blogosphere next week πŸ™‚

  5. I’ve read this post twice now (2nd time from #wineandboobs and 1st time I can’t remember how I was referred) and I really like your initiative. I’m 100%bfeeding and when I went back to work I continued to bfeed twice a day (morning and night) and I whenever I told people (even nurses/healthcare workers) that I was still bfeeding I would get weird looks and basically told it was only for comfort at this point. I was really discouraged and disappointed that all of a sudden it was a ‘weird’ thing that I was continuing to bfeed. Anyways, long story short I will be writing about it soon and hopefully joining you in this conversation!
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    • Thanks for coming back twice. It’s interesting, isn’t it; how some health professionals encourage you to breastfeed at the start, and then after 6 months their tune changes. After a year, they really make light of what you’re doing, to the point where you might even feel ridiculed. Crazy, really.

      The more the merrier, please join in with the conversation and let’s disband the awkwardness associated with such a vital part of motherhood – feeding our baby from ourselves or not.

  6. Wow, how amazing that you have a) put all of this awesome information into one blog post and b) got completely and utterly involved! I am in awe of your organisation! Breastfeeding support is SO important. Thanks for all you are doing πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday
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    • Thanks for your comment. Oh, my organisation … work in progress, I tell you. πŸ™‚

      Yeah, breastfeeding support is very important; it made a huge difference to my breastfeeding journey. It’s a blessing to hopefully support another mum and their family, in some way on their journey. Thanks for your linky. πŸ™‚

  7. So much stuff happening next week and looks like you are going to be busy too!If I can find the time to I would love to get involved in the scavenger hunt.xx

  8. Hi, I had no idea that it was world breastfeeding week next week. Great news! I am back at work full time but still BF by baby (who is now 11 months) at 7am, 6.45pm and 10:30pm. I probably need to start dropping the feeds but I don’t want to – he likes it and I like it!

    Breastfeeding was a massive struggle for me at the beginning. I hate doing this, so I am sorry, but I have written about my breast feeding story in my post “My desire to breastfeed eclipsed the sun” – the link is here:

    Good luck with world breastfeeding week. Suffice to say, you have my 100% support.

    • You don’t need to drop feeds if you don’t want to. So lovely you’ve been able to make breastfeeding and full time work, work; this can be very challenging to accomplish. A story of triump over adversity – your story; thanks for sharing.

      Indeed, happy World Breastfeeding Week πŸ™‚

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