World Breastfeeding Week
World Breastfeeding Week starts tomorrow! Did you know the WHO recommends a baby be exclusively breastfeed for the first 6 months and continued to be breastfeed for up to two years and beyond.
In more than 170 countries, tomorrow will mark a one-week celebration of breastfeeding! This year the celebration will focus on how youth can become involved in promoting the benefits of breastfeeding, and will include a flash mob with an original song!
In The Woodlands, it’s common to see women breastfeeding their babies in public. Unfortunately it’s less common for women to actually feel comfortable breastfeeding in public; for whatever reason women struggle under their nursing covers to get their baby latched on. Whether it’s a sense of modesty or out of fear for offending a stranger, I take the stance that breastfeeding in public should be normal, and that we should do whatever we can to help mothers feel comfortable nursing their babies in public!
If you’re not a nursing mom, one thing you can do is be supportive. If you see a woman nursing her baby, offer if there’s anything you can do to help (like grab a cup of water or play with her three-year-old for a minute) or simply thank her for choosing the best possible nourishment for her baby. It seems simple and silly but a little encouragement goes a long way!
Around here, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands is hosting a Baby Fair for expectant parents on Saturday, August 6. There will be resource booths to offer support to new moms in a variety of subjects, including mothers of multiples, babywearing, and W.I.C. Tomball Regional Medical Center will have an open house also on August 6 for expecting moms with giveaways and lessons. I’m looking for other events so I will keep you updated if I find any, or leave a comment if you know of anything going on around the Houston area!