This week is National Breastfeeding Week! National Breastfeeding Month is in August. Breastfeeding is one of nature’s most natural things, and yet, today in the 21st century we still need a month to highlight and discuss the benefits of breastfeeding and the difficulties mothers have to be able to breastfeed: challenges in the workplace, nonexistent maternity leaves and other issues.
Much progress has been made even in the last 5 years since I breastfed my son. When I was breastfeeding, lactation consultants weren’t even covered by insurance– and that meant they were out of reach for me! Today, they are covered by insurance (as are breast pumps!).
Today, my son’s pediatrician’s office offers the services of a lactation consultant, which wasn’t the case five years ago. I know because I asked a lactation question and the pediatrician said I’d have to go to my own doctor for that. (SMH).
Today, there are communities on the internet that you can turn to that will help you, applaud you and show you the way– keep you motivated when breastfeeding gets tough. Because Instagram is one of my favorite social media channels, I wanted to share with you some accounts of awesome breastfeeding moms to follow on Instagram:
Breastfeed Without Fear’s motto is “breast is normal • fed is best” They are there for support (they have support group meetups through out the USA) and are not there to shame those who cannot or choose to not breastfeed. Here’s what they say: “Breastfeeding is a normal part of life and motherhood. The most important thing is that you and baby are healthy and nourished.”
MsWright is a rockstar in the breastfeeding/mama goddess world. Where else have you met a breastfeeding pole dancing globe-trotting mama? She is fierce and her photos are beautiful. Follow her and be inspired.
Who told you that?! Who said you can’t be a nurturing mother and a sensual Goddess at the same damn time?! Who told you that your milk that flows from the breasts of magnificence has no benefit to man, woman and/or child at any age?! Who dare states that you are anything less than greatness because you stand strong, courageous, full of life and love?! COLORFUL YOU ARE! Who attempts to shackle you in chains because you are FREE?! Who are you trying to please and seek approval from anyway?! I live with love because I am love. I don’t always have to trust you, because I trust the Divine. I trust the universal Balance. I trust The Most High… I trust me! RISE OF THE DIVINE FEMININE!! It’s time sistars!! LETS GO!! Tomorrow – Thirsty Thursday – Periscope (mswrightsway) – Gentle Parenting – #mswrightsway #normalizebreastfeeding #riseofthedivinefeminine #breastfeeding #breastfeedingtoddler #naturalparenting #naturalhair #healer #motherearth #motherafrica #parentchildconnection #queens
Black Moms Breastfeed is a community dedicated to decreasing breastfeeding disparities in the Black community and inspiring Black moms through love and community.
Blactavist’s mission is to increase breastfeeding rates in the black community with support and encouragement!
#Repost @anitagaitho ・・・ This happened in the middle of shooting my outfit for the blog. I love this kid to the moon and back but I have to admit, I can’t wait for him to stop needing my boob every 2 hours all day & night! I’m so TIRED! But still a bad-ass breastfeeding mama! *Twirlswithbabyattachedtoboob* ? by my sis @shiro_gaitho#blackwomendobreastfeed #attachmentparenting #mom #blacklivesmatter #curls #curlbox #locs #blackisbeautiful #breastfeeding #blackgirlsrock #blackhair #carolsdaughter #natural #naturalhair #breastfeeding #breastisbest #breastmilk #normalizebreastfeeding #motherhood #queen #breastfeedwithoutfear #love #doula #ibclc #birthwithoutfear
BreastfeedingUSA’s mission is to provide evidence-based breastfeeding information and support, and to promote breastfeeding as the biological and cultural norm. I love their “#milkmemo” shots!
You can also visit their site: breastfeedingusa.org
Breastfeeding may be natural, but it doesn’t always come naturally. Trust in your amazing body! Today we’re launching #milkmemo, a new social media project that shares “love letters” from one mother to another. Because #breastfeeding is a team sport! Tag a friend who may need some encouragement on her journey!
Breastfeeding World is a photography project created by a NY-based photographer, Alexia Garcia. She seeks to awareness and encourage new moms to choose to breastfeed. Alexia’s pictures are phenomenal!
The Land of the Free and the Home of the BRAVE! #4thofjuly #nycmom #marthasvineyard #BreastfeedingWorld #Repost @breastfeeding_world with @repostapp ・・・ Yes, the USA is Pro Breastfeeding! ??????? We are in the right path towards Normalizing #Breastfeeding together we can all make a change! ? || Photo by @alegaresphotography for #NYCBreastfeedingWorld | Don’t forget to use our HT #BreastfeedingWorld for your future #brelfie ?
With over 40,000 followers, Normalize Breastfeeding provides inspiration, support and laughter. You will not believe where these mamas have breastfed! It will encourage you and make you smile!
The Badass Breastfeeder
Abby Theuring, The Badass Breastfeeder. Mother, Wife, Activist, Blogger, Social Worker Speaker of breastfeeding and Attachment Parenting. www.thebadassbreastfeeder.com
“Being a mother is my identity. There’s nothing “sexy” about motherhood, it’s messy and hectic and the ups and downs can break you. Then you take a step back and look at your children and see all the tears and sleepless nights and suddenly it’s all worth it. Being able to breastfeed my son for nearly a year now has been the most trying yet rewarding part of my journey as a mother. Here I lay bare and exposed for all the world to see, yet I feel confident and beautiful because I made that tiny person and I’ve nourished him everyday for the last 360 days. I am responsible for those sweet cheeks and thick thighs!” -Lauren Photo by Love & Light Photography. Photographer Kayla Hatch created the Last Latch Program where she offers a free 20 minute session for mothers who feel that their breastfeeding relationships are coming to an end. <3
LACTATION RESOURCES AND SUPPORT
For more support check out:
Share on Pinterest!