A Simple Breastfeeding Campaign

Welcome to the Milk Mama Diaries Carnival (July).  For this month, we join the National Nutrition Council – Department of Health in celebrating Nutrition Month with the theme ”Isulong ang Breastfeeding – Tama, Sapat at EKsklusibo!” Participants will share their experiences in promoting breastfeeding or their tips on how breastfeeding should be promoted.  Please scroll down to the end of this post and check out the other carnival participants.

 

Image from Jennifer James at mothering.com

I did not grow up in a breastfeeding environment. Nor do I know anyone who breastfed. My siblings and I were raised as formula-fed babies. But the decision to breastfeed my baby was made waaay before I even knew the husband. I don’t think I was even in highschool yet. Blame it on those 1-2 seconds of breastfeeding campaigns from milk companies. Yes, from them. I’m quite grateful and although I have heard of the hidden agendas behind their “Breastmilk is still best …” campaign, it worked for me. I guess I’m pretty weird that way.

Contrary to what others see (or don’t see), I find those breastfeeding pictures from commercials really, really relaxing, peaceful and perfect. Perhaps that is my unconscious brain releasing oxytocins even before I REALLY breastfed. Minus lactating that is. I can see milk companies scratching their heads right about now.

As a breastfeeding mama, I learned a lot about breastfeeding. How simple, easy, frugal, rewarding and most importantly emotional (in a good way) it is to breastfeed your baby. And I wanted to share that to every mother. It’s like ice cream. It is so good you want everyone to have it so they’d be happy too. The thing is, not everyone wants to hear it. Because it seems taboo. Some even look down on mothers who breastfeed when seriously, I have not met another mother who said that they do not want to breastfeed.

So let’s make it normal. If they don’t want to hear it, let’s make them see it. As I read on one twit the other week:

Let’s make breastfeeding contagious.

Nurse. In. Public.

Not in public restrooms. Not in public fitting rooms. Not even in breastfeeding stations. Do it with cover if it is more comfortable for you. But let’s do it in public. Where other people will see you. Make it normal for a baby to breastfeed in public. As normal as a baby who is feeding on a bottle. As normal as people eating outside. The more mothers they see breastfeeding, the more normal breastfeeding will be.

It shouldn’t be hard since Jack Jack and I have  probably nursed in about everywhere. Restaurants, malls, church, blogger event, doctor’s office, parties, spa, pool, beach, etc.

Just try it ONCE. If it isn’t for you, I would totally understand it. I found here some tips that might help you be more comfortable to breastfeed in public.

This is my simple breastfeeding campaign. Doesn’t matter whatever your place in society is or whether you finished college or not. From the fashionably chic breastfeeding Mom in the suburbs of Forbes Park to the humbled outskirts of Payatas. Anyone can do it.

Are you with me?

 

Please take the time to read the posts from other carnival participants

Three Ways I Promote Breastfeeding by Example by Dainty Mom (@Dainty_Mom)

I Am A Breastfeeding Mom by The Painter’s Wife (@PaintersWifePH)

Why I Don’t Nurse in Breastfeeding Rooms by Legally Mom (@legallymomPH)

W-u-r-r-w-u-r-r-w-u-r-r by Martha de Lusong (@frannie17) hosted byJen CC

Tan‘s MomExchange (@next9baby)

The Low-Milk-Supply Mommy Did It! by The Odyssey of Dinna

Breastfeeding Promotion Tips from a Formula Feeder (Yes, you read that correctly…) by The Fearless Formula Feeder (@FormulaFeeder)

On Promoting Breastfeeding by ImPerfectly Created (@imperfectlyours)

Milk Mama Diaries 3 by MimmaBenz (@benzcorana)

Breastfeeding Mama by canDIshhh

I *heart* Breastfeeding by The Mum Side (@rachelcrz)

Spreading the Word on Breastfeeding by My Mommy Kuwentos

A Breastfeeding Formula-Fed Mother by Touring Kitty (@touringkitty)

Breastfeeding: Promoting It Even if I Didn’t Get Lucky The First Time Around by Glamma Momma (Mommy Erl’s Online Diary)

I am your breastfeeding friend by Changing Nappies in High Heels (@lilly_pad)

Thoughts of a LactatING Counselor: Breastfeeding is More of Psychology! by HandyMommy

Taking Breastfeeding Further by Mec as Mom (@delisyus)

Breastfeeding Promotion – A View from a UK Doctor by Good Enough Mummy

Celebrating my Magic Milk by Denise Gonzales (@deelirious)

Breastfeeding Sisters by Isis Evasco

More Breastfeeding Promotion Plus a Guest Post by Chronicles of a Nursing Mom (@mamababylove). Guest post by Shaps Lim (@cromartielove)

15 Comments

  1. Posted July 20, 2011 at 6:53 AM | Permalink

    Hi! Very well said. I, myself am too shy to breastfeed in public, mainly because I grew up not seeing anyone breastfeed in public. I even discussed this on my blog. I’m with you in your campaign. :)

  2. Posted July 20, 2011 at 9:37 AM | Permalink

    With ya. Completely with ya. :)

  3. Posted July 20, 2011 at 6:11 PM | Permalink

    Nursing in public is the best, simplest and inexpensive campaign that moms can undertake to promote breastfeeding! No wonder public nurse-ins are so popular in the US. but it hasn’t caught on here with us locally :D thanks for sharing!

  4. Posted July 20, 2011 at 11:32 PM | Permalink

    i love the post! very well said. :)

    i like this part the most: “But let’s do it in public. Where other people will see you. Make it normal for a baby to breastfeed in public. As normal as a baby who is feeding on a bottle. As normal as people eating outside. The more mothers they see breastfeeding, the more normal breastfeeding will be.” –how true!

  5. Posted July 21, 2011 at 2:11 AM | Permalink

    Thank you guys! I’m very glad to hear your words. Honestly, this has been sitting on my Drafts for months. I have to say it scared me at first.

  6. Posted July 21, 2011 at 8:20 AM | Permalink

    I’m with you here. It’s actually why I don’t nurse in breastfeeding rooms. :)

  7. Posted July 21, 2011 at 10:46 AM | Permalink

    *Clap, clap*

    Yes, so simple but so effective! Don’t be scared, we’re all WITH YOU!

  8. Posted July 21, 2011 at 12:48 PM | Permalink

    Nice article! Horaaay for moms who nurse in public :) It’s a relief to know I’m not alone in this one. Thanks for the encouragement

  9. Posted July 21, 2011 at 6:06 PM | Permalink

    Agree with you! I’ve tried going to the nursing stations but sometimes it’s a complete hassle as well since usually you’d have to go out of your way just to get there. does that make me a lazy mama too? :)

  10. The Lazy Mama
    Posted July 21, 2011 at 9:28 PM | Permalink

    Thanks! I think the word more appropriate should be hesitant. Because I don’t see much Moms NIP here in Manila and that Filipinos are mostly conservative. But actually, we are lucky because I have not heard of anyone discriminated for breastfeeding here.

  11. The Lazy Mama
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 12:34 AM | Permalink

    Being alone (NIP) gets lonely sometimes. Glad to know there’s plenty of us now!

  12. The Lazy Mama
    Posted July 22, 2011 at 12:37 AM | Permalink

    We do what is easier and more convenient. ;D

  13. Posted July 22, 2011 at 5:03 AM | Permalink

    I’m with you! I NIP EVERYWHERE! I feel bad for women who feel they have to hide!

  14. Posted July 22, 2011 at 8:30 AM | Permalink

    and it’s really great that there are lots of ways to breastfeed in public now… from going to nursing stations to using nursing covers or nursing while babywearing… andami nang fab accessories :)

  15. Posted July 24, 2011 at 11:17 AM | Permalink

    I, too, did not grow up in a breastfeeding environment, so now it is hard for me since my mom herself do not rally support it. She even took pills so she did not lactate. I want to breastfeed my third baby as I saw how my eldest was sickly and I know breastfeeding will help. This is a great simple campaign and it’s great how the nursing covers now are so chic.

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