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|Posted on August 3, 2016 at 12:20 PM|
Photo Credit: Erin Rudd Photography
Nursing blouse by Nixilu provided by Modern Mommy Boutique
While breastfeeding may not seem the right choice for every parent, it is the best choice for every baby. ~Amy Spangler
Here is our official welcome to our annual Breastfeeding Awareness Month photo series!!
We have had the honor of teaching over 100 students…and we have Sweet Peas in all different age ranges that are breastfeeding. We invite our alumni to an annual photo shoot sponsored by Modern Mommy and SPB; with the understanding that we are going to be sharing them all over social media to help normalize breastfeeding during the month of August.
As often happens, talking about breastfeeding brings up all kinds of emotions. I offer this caveat. Here at SPB we recognize that not all mothers can, or want, to breastfeed. If you are a new mom seeking encouragement and inspiration, welcome! If you wanted to breastfeed the first time and it didn't work out, please consider hanging out with us. Your first experience is not an indicator of what is going to happen next time - we welcome you.
What we are sharing is to encourage the mothers that do want to make that choice, and to expand the conversation about breastmilk...it's not about breast vs. bottle as those who fuel the Mommy Wars would like you to believe. Please accept the information offered this month for what it is: support, encouragement and inspiration for those of us who are on the breastfeeding journey.
This image, that I have shared for the last several years, sums it up nicely:
It is important for all of us mothers to stand united. It is hard enough to parent as it is: keeping kids alive, fed, and healthy is a win in my book. There is no reason to engage in the so-called “mommy wars” when there is really nothing to fight about: fed is best. However that works in your family to grow your baby and save your sanity - go for it with gusto!
To borrow a turn of phrase from La Leche League, invite you to treat our photo series this month, and I guess the whole blog really, like a buffet. Take and learn from what appeals to you, and leave the rest on the buffet line. I invite you to peacefully move along down the line without attachment. It's a great way to get only what you want and leave the rest behind.
We are going to take this month to inform on the benefits of breastfeeding just in case it helps one mother make it through one more day of giving her baby human milk. We are going to talk about milk sharing, since that has been the option since the beginning of time for mothers who didn’t make or didn’t want to make milk for their babies, but still wanted to give their babies the biological first choice for feeding and growing a human infant. We will write about other ways to feed the baby that is not a bottle. We will have mothers sharing about their choice to nurse beyond 12 months, and some who even nurse more than one child at a time.
Our whole goal is to expand the whole conversation about human feeding beyond breast vs. bottle, and make it about providing human milk for human babies with a way that works for a wide variety of situations.
Why feed with breastmilk? Here are ten reasons from FitPregnancy.com:
Keep checking back throughout the month of August for more information, encouragement and support. See you online – and hopefully in person at a local event if you are in the Phoenix area!
Donation and Outreach Center
for Mothers' Milk Bank
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
The Milk Spot
2922 N 18th Pl
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Saturday, August 6th
August 26-28, 2016
Click HERE to read about SPB Presentation at LLL Conference
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