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World Breastfeeding Week 2014 – Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life

wbw2014-logo3August 1-7, 2014 is World Breastfeeding Week and this year’s theme is Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life.  This year’s theme builds upon the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) developed by the United Nations and global partners.  Breastfeeding plays a critical role in achieving all eight of the MDGs.  The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action created a dynamic and clear graphic demonstrating how increasing global breastfeeding rates has the ability to impact every single one of the MDGs.

With this in mind, the World Breastfeeding Week theme, “Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal for Life” calls on celebrants to “Protect, Promote and Support Breastfeeding: It is a Vital Life-saving Goal.”  The theme recognizes the critical role that excellent support plays in achieving this goal and childbirth educators are right up there as one of the critical players, as childbirth educators are prepared and qualified to help new families learn about breastfeeding in their childbirth education classes.

Lamaze International supports getting breastfeeding off to a good start with the sixth Healthy Birth Practice: “Keep mother and baby together – It’s best for mother, baby and breastfeeding.”  Your role as a childbirth educator in normalizing breastfeeding, providing prenatal instruction on breastfeeding basics and sharing additional breastfeeding resources for families to utilize after their baby arrives contributes to the Millenium Development Goals with each and every family  you reach.

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Childbirth educators, along with doctors, midwives, labor & delivery nurses, lactation consultants, doulas, and others help support families in reaching their breastfeeding goals, and celebrate breastfeeding with every mother and new family they reach. Breastfeeding is a team effort and everyone plays a critical role.

Have you shared World Breastfeeding Week information with your families that are in your childbirth education classes?  Can you recall the times when a family followed up with you and thanked you for the evidence based information that you provided in their childbirth class, helping them to be prepared to breastfeed their baby after birth. What you do matters every day to mothers and babies and that includes the efforts to share accurate information about breastfeeding and breastfeeding resources with your students.  Thank you, childbirth educators, for making a difference. For more information about World Breastfeeding Week 2014, check out the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action website.

 

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  1. August 5th, 2014 at 16:53 | #1

    Thanks for sharing! Love this sentence “What you do matters every day to mothers and babies and that includes the efforts to share accurate information about breastfeeding and breastfeeding resources with your students. ”
    So true.

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    Aubrei Ackerman
    August 5th, 2014 at 21:24 | #2

    Happy World Breastfeeding Week! Thank you for reminding us of the MDGs! I have recently been hearing a lot from expecting parents about their fears surrounding labor and the possible difficulties with breastfeeding. I have come to see that much fear and anxiousness is built up during the last months of pregnancy by listening to many stories from friends, family members, co-workers, roommates, ect. While advice can be helpful and definitely appealing to expecting parents, horror stories, unique situations that happened, what you saw in the movies ect. is not great advice and not always true nor is the whole story revealed. When telling these stories, details are important. Therefore, I ask our community and anyone reading this to really consider what and how you present “advice” or tell a birth story to an expecting parent. They really listen and it is sometimes hard to put up boundaries which leads to a mama with a head full of images/ thoughts that have the potential to reflect negative energy on heard and her baby. That is the last thing we want. We should provide trustworthy, accredited research and resources to promote a healthy birth and breastfeeding mama. Support breastfeeding mamas and make them feel comfortable anywhere they are feeding their child. This will create a positive change in our breastfeeding culture, a change we need to see!

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    mishell whitacre
    August 19th, 2014 at 04:33 | #3

    I really like the 8 cirlcles of goals for breastfeeding: all very well thought out and relative. We celebrated breastfeeding week at our hospital and it was very successful and community bonding. I heartily agree that breastfeeding is a team effort and everyone has a role. Thank you for such a nice article.

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