It’s World Breastfeeing Week, August 1 through 7.
As I said on my facebook page, you may want to start here, with this 6 minutes from NPR:
This issue– when I first heard about it, made me so sad that I created a spontaneous 3 minute video that was very emotional:
The video below has more balance, and shares a very personal story:
The NPR reporter ends her story with these words:
“I also got help from a lactation consultant, and made it through”
What leaves me sad and confused, is this– how in HELL did we get to the place where the “lactation consultants” (yes, I am using sneer quotes, due to the business end of this phenomenon) are prescribing equipment, pads, and accessories enough to fuel an entire AISLE at the local Target or K-Mart? That’s right, an entire AISLE next to the one for babies who get formula/bottle fed.
New families, please BE AWARE that not all lactation specialists are the same. And even those covered by your medical insurance may be suspect for ulterior motives.
Tried and True…
Still coming at you…
Is this community: http://www.lllusa.org/
La Leche League:
” La Leche League International (LLLI) (La Leche is Spanish for “the milk”) is an international nonprofit advocacy group that distributes information on and promotes breastfeeding. It was founded in 1956 in Franklin Park, Illinois as “La Leche League” and has a presence in more than 85 countries.”
(from wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Leche_League)
When YOU need help, go for the GOLD!