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!
“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.
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:
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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