World Breastfeeding Week kicked off yesterday! For those that don’t know, WBW is an annual event sponsored by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, an international group dedicated to promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding around the world.
The theme for this year’s WBW is “Talk to Me! Breastfeeding – A 3D Experience”
Communication is an essential part of protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding. We live in a world where individuals and global communities connect across small and great distances at an instant’s notice. New lines of communication are being created every day, and we have the ability to use these information channels to broaden our horizons and spread breastfeeding information beyond our immediate time and place to activate important dialogue.
The focus is on cross generational communication, particularly communicating with young people.
Why is this important? From my perspective, it’s important for the next generation to view breastfeeding as biologically normal. Not special. Not best. Not better than the alternative. Just normal.
For the first time since becoming a mom, I won’t be able to celebrate WBW by nursing a child. But since the theme this year is communication and I do have a platform from which to speak on this blog, I’ll still be able to participate!
Throughout the week, I’m going to talk about different aspects of communicating about breastfeeding. Here are some topics you can expect to see me cover during WBW (I may change these around if I get better ideas):
- Talking to my daughter about breastfeeding
- The power of words
- Talking to others about breastfeeding
- Building a Community of Support for the Future
I’ll also be tweeting breastfeeding-related news and articles and posting them to my Facebook page. If you aren’t following me on Twitter and if you haven’t *liked* us on Facebook, now is the time to do it!
I’m celebrating World Breastfeeding Week with Natural Parents Network!
You can, too — link up your breastfeeding posts from August 1-7 in the linky below, and enjoy reading, commenting on, and sharing the posts collected here and on Natural Parents Network.
(Visit NPN for the code to place on your blog.)