You may have noticed in this months post “What’s Happening this Month?” that August holds a week long observation of breastfeeding awareness. National Breastfeeding week spans August 1st – 7th for 2012, and is observing the achievements made in progress of educating people and positively stimulating change in national and truly world policy. This year’s observation is to specifically look to the past twenty years of history and to plan ahead.
The Le Leche League states on their site that National Breastfeeding Week is celebrated in 120 countries during various times throughout the year.
The way that you celebrate NBW may differ, but it does not change the fact that it reaches many people and most importantly many infants. Places like Freebies2Deals are celebrating by offering a free nursing cover for NBW. The LLL organizes the Big Latch-on, and UNICEF and the Surgeon General have made statements in their support of breastfeeding during past and present National Breastfeeding Weeks.
Breastfeeding is very much a personal choice, however taking the time to educate yourself while making that choice could leave you quite surprised. The Le Leche League offers a good deal of information to help you make the best choice for you, your child, and your family. There are many websites, books, and organizations available to help share the benefits of providing natural nourishment to your baby.
No person should ever make you feel guilty about your careful and loving choice to care for your children. Educating yourself about your personal choices will help you to feel confident about your decision, whatever that may be. National Breastfeeding Week is a tool used to reach people to remind them that they have options in feeding their children.
So regardless of how you may celebrate this week long observation, for those that are… Happy National Breastfeeding Week!
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*originally published on A Mom’s Handbook. com
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