Happy World Breastfeeding Week 2013! In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, please support the nursing mothers that you encounter. How do you support them? Bring a new mom some supper. Help nursing moms feel welcome in public. Let a nursing mom know you support her efforts.
This year’s theme is “breastfeeding support, close to mothers,” and highlights peer counseling. As you can guess, La Leche League does a lot of peer counseling. One reason to consider going to your local La Leche League meeting is that even when breastfeeding goes well, you can get continuous support from moms who are nursing and overcoming the same hurdles you might be facing in raising a new baby.
I’ll be celebrating World Breastfeeding Week in three ways. I’m going to be at Sunday’s “Babies R Us Breastfeeding Expo” at the Bethel Park store. I’ll be representing La Leche League. On Monday, I’ll be teaching new doulas to be peer counselors for breastfeeding moms. And throughout the week, I’ll be helping new moms work through any difficulties with home visits.
Remember, breastfeeding is about more than human milk, it’s an important part of the mother and baby relationship. La Leche League calls the nursing mom and baby a “diad”. Whenever you can support nursing mothers, you are also supporting happy babies!