Five Ways to Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week
World Breastfeeding Week or WBW is organized by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) - it is held yearly from August first through the seventh. The organization is dedicated to protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding worldwide.
The slogan for this year is "Empower Parents. Enable Breastfeeding."
Here are five different ways to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week.
Educate your community. Whether you are educating one person you come in contact with, or sharing statistics on social media - be a voice! You would be surprised about how sharing information can spark someone to become educated on this topic, and therefore share with others.
Share your breastfeeding journey. One of the most powerful things you can do during World Breastfeeding Week is share your journey. Whether you are a working mom who pumps daily to supply her little one, or a stay at home mom nursing around the clock. Share those stories. Share the photos. Social media is powerful and the more we share about breastfeeding the more we normalize breastfeeding - our stories matter, and oftentimes can help another mama during challenging days to keep on going.
Celebrate a nursing mama. If you see a mom out in public nursing her little one shoot her a smile or thumbs up - even let her know what an awesome job she is doing! Trust me, it will mean the world to her. If you personally know a nursing mom, send her over a little care package with some sweet treats to celebrate her!
Thank a breastfeeding-supportive health professional such as your lactation consultant, nurse, IBCLC, or a friend who might have helped you during your journey. Send a little thank you card, letting them know that their work matters.
Attend an event in your community Look around for local events happening in your area and spread the word!
Remember that you can celebrate all month because August is National Breastfeeding Month!