Friday, August 1, 2014

World Breastfeeding Week 2014

Well here we are again. August 1-7! Not only the week I got married in 8 years ago (August 5th) but also WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK! The week we devote to bringing awareness to the world about the joys, benefits of, and reasons to BREASTFEED! This year is especially joyful for me because it is my first year with a nursling actively breastfeeding. Aleks was born in September of 09 after WBW that year and by the following year's WBW he had weened. Last August I would have been about 37 weeks pregnant but we lost Asya. So while I have been a heartfelt advocate for all things breastfeeding related for 5 years now, this is the first year I am actively nursing. I am hoping that I will still be actively nursing next year at this time. I would have a 14 month old if I am so we will see if I can make that goal. If I am still actively nursing by my Vow Renewal/10 year anniversary which will be taking place during World Breastfeeding Week 2016, I will have a 26 month old and that would just be fantastic... but we will see what River ends up choosing to do as far as weening goes. And in case you were wondering yes that is my little cutie River, wearing a boobie hat I made Bug years ago, a recycling global warming onesie and handmade cloth diapers. :)
To celebrate this year I am going to make it my goal to fearlessly nurse in public as much as I can. I already fed her at lunch out today. A restaurant full of people and my little girl started to fuss and wanted to eat, so I fed her. It seems simple but it can be hard to feel comfortable nursing in public, when you fear someone will have something rude to say. I am getting more and more comfortable with nursing in public again, and I am very proud to be able to help normalize the practice so more mothers can feel comfortable feeding their babies whenever wherever.
I also will be posting a few different articles about breastfeeding over the course of this week. I hope you all have a happy and wonderful World Breastfeeding Week. Enjoy those nurselings!!!

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