What is World Breastfeeding Week (WBW): An annual week long celebration of breastfeeding, with the goals of encouraging a global breastfeeding culture and providing support for breastfeeding everywhere. Over 170 countries, and several organizations such as UNICEF, WHO participate. The event itself is hosted by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA).
Why I choose to observe WBW: During my 24 months of breastfeeding, I have learned so much. When I first began considering what to do about feeding twins I knew that I wanted to exclusively breastfeed, even though I had no knowledge about the subject whatsoever. I attended a few classes and researched it a little bit online, but I never felt like I had enough information to make me feel confident in pursuing my goals. And to top it off, finding information about breastfeeding multiples continually proved to be so difficult. :(
As the first few weeks of our breastfeeding journey passed, I realized that I was not alone in my struggles of breastfeeding so I began sharing my story on this blog. As an advocate of breastfeeding, I couldn't see a better opportunity to share those experiences and stories than for WBW. It is a bit tricky because I know breastfeeding isn't an ability that every mother may have, but I feel that shouldn't hinder my desires to help make more info available to others who DO want to breastfeed. It's my firm belief that knowledge is power. Even if you can't breastfeed, you can always still support someone else who wants to or currently does.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A JUDGEMENT FREE ZONE! I support all moms and their personal feeding choices. My goal is simply to provide those wanting to, or currently, breastfeeding with support and information.
Here is a recap of how we celebrated this week Please feel free to share your WBW stories in the comments!