BritMums Carnival: Breastfeeding and Work

Giveaway

MAM Baby UK is celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2015 with you and I, and they are supporting my posts with a number of giveaways; including the MAM Breastfeeding Set for this Carnival.

Welcome to my first BritMums Carnival. It’s so exciting to be hosting my first blog carnival, and a World Breastfeeding Week 2015 themed one at that. ūüôā

This is my first World Breastfeeding Week, and it’s been such fun and a lot of work celebrating it in different ways. Last week was all about the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt. I wrapped the week up by joining in with Emma-Jane Maternity Blog’s World Breastfeeding Week carnival, with my post about 5 Things to Make Breastfeeding at Work, Work. It’s also been fab hosting lots of breastfeeding products’ giveaway for you all.

I look forward to reviewing my engagement with this important Week, but I’ve got a Carnival to host first!

Carnival Posts

1. I (@aNoviceMum) blogged about my experience of breastfeeding after maternity leave. It’s an emotional issue that I really have to explore. I didn’t realise how important it was to be as prepared as possible for my return to work meeting, because I wasn’t sure what to expect. I didn’t realise how emotional the process would be and how disempowered I could feel. The process touched on nerves I didn’t know were so raw, and in the end I had to find a different pathway to return to work. I’m so glad that I eventually found a way to make breastfeeding work for my family and I, as well as for my employers, after maternity leave.

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2. Sian (@QFSheSaid) wrote about Working and Breastfeeding as part of her participation in the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt. She rightly highlighted that the end of maternity leave doesn’t have to be the end of one’s breastfeeding journey. There are so many ways to continue breastfeeding when working mums return to work part-time or full-time. Sian’s experience about how she made breastfeeding her 11 month old work, with work is one to read. The NHS link she included in her post is also worth checking out.

3. @MummiesWaiting wrote about The Struggle of a Breastfeeder When Going Back to Work for this Carnival. Her childcare experience with feeding babies and toddlers prior to becoming a mum, and the impact of this on her thinking in relation to breastfeeding and work is one to read. She takes us through how she emotionally and practically maintained breastfeeding her 6 months old, after maternity leave. We need more stories of mums’ experiences of making breastfeeding work, at work. Her reference to coconut milk as her plan B, incase she didn’t have enough pumped milk got me researching.

4. @biscuitboxfox wrote about her new breastfeeding hashtag – #babygottaboob – for World Breastfeeding Week, to promote everyday brestfeeding images. She appreciates how the Week highlights unsensationalized breastfeeding stories that encourage support for breastfeeding mums and their families worldwide. She discussed the bad and good of recent exploration of breastfeeding in the news. Breastfeeding celebrity images are useful, #brelfies are beneficial; but there’s more to breastfeeding than the focus on its nutritional value which is common to these images. She challenges mums everywhere to join in with her new hashtag; another way to support each other on our breastfeeding journeys.

5. 4 of @PositiveAboutBF‘s bloggers shared snippets from their different experiences of making breastfeeding work at work. They summarised their journeys from feeling anxious about breastfeeding at work, to how they found ways to make it work for their family … from breastfeeding at a Bat Workers’ Conference to cancelling an early end of maternity leave … to long reconnecting feeds after work … to the option to express at work only if needed. Such encouraging and diverse stories are helpful reads, especially for working breastfeeding mums.

6. Julie (@juliecookies) blogged about Working Mom Breastfeeding Essentials. It’s so important for breastfeeding mums to know their breastfeeding at work rights. It enables them to plan how to continue their breastfeeding journey effectively and efficiently after maternity leave. Julie highlights things to do, as well as things to have, especially for mums who are planning to pump at work. Even though Julie writes for a mainly US audience, all working breastfeeding mums will find her tips useful. Her post makes me look forward to a time when breastfeeding breaks becomes statutory in the UK, in addition to normal work breaks. I’m also pleased that bathrooms are not acceptable designated places for washing breastmilk pumps in the UK.

Such useful posts, wouldn’t you agree? I hope you visit each of them to get the ‘full story’.

There will be future Carnivals, let me know if you would like to find out more.

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Do you think it is important for mothers to share their experiences about making breastfeeding work, at work?
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You can win a MAM Breastfeeding Set worth £75 whilst engaging with the carnival!

 

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