Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, 2008

by API Blog on July 31, 2008

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Today is the first day of World Breastfeeding Week, and so it is with great pleasure that I kick off API’s World Breastfeeding Week celebration with API Speaks’ very first giveaway! Read on for contest entry details!

Why Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week?
I believe that the breastfeeding support I received when I was a new mother from the wonderful women of Peaceful Baby and Cherished Children API, and great online resources like attachmentparenting.org, La Leche League, Kelly Mom, and AskDrSears, was critical to my breastfeeding success.

I started out, like so many new and expecting moms, with very little knowledge of breastfeeding. I was breastfed for about six months, and the few things I’d read indicated that trying to nurse for a year was an admirable goal. So that was my intention–to make it to a year–when Gabriel was born four years ago. Then I met someone who was breastfeeding a toddler, and talked to someone else who had tandem nursed her children for quite some time, and I started to think maybe I should adjust my goal.

I was one of the lucky folks who had no problems nursing beyond some very mild cracking, easily rectified with self-care, in the first few weeks after Gabriel was born. Even my emergency c-section did not affect my milk supply (despite dire warnings from my OB). So Gabriel’s first birthday came and went without any thoughts of weaning.

Then along came Lily, and again, I had my goal in mind. I’d nurse her for two years, as UNICEF recommends. By this time, Gabriel had weaned (never a comfort nurser, he was pretty put off by my lack of milk during pregnancy and only nursed occasionally after Lily was born and my milk returned), so I never really experienced tandem nursing in the true multiple-feedings per day for both children sense of the word.

In May, Lily’s second birthday passed, and again, no signs of weaning ;) We have some boundaries set around night nursing (so mama can get some sleep) and around nursing in public, but for the most part, she has full access to the breast and still nurses 4-6 times per day, more when she’s teething, overstimulated, sick, growing…

Now I’ve been nursing more or less continuously for what will be four years at the end of next month. I feel so grateful for the women who have taken this journey with me (thanks CrunchyDomesticGoddess, A Mama’s Blog, Feeding Time at the Zoo, and many others who are not bloggers!), and know that I wouldn’t have made it through Lily’s marathon nursing sessions without that support.

So celebrate World Breastfeeding Week because we already know breastfeeding gives children the best possible start in life. Celebrate because public perception of breastfeeding makes a huge impact on a new mom’s personal decisions about breastfeeding. Celebrate because we have come so far from the formula craze that began in the 1950s. Celebrate as a confirmation of your commitment to creating a breastfeeding-friendly world.

And celebrate because you never know what just a little bit of support might mean to a new mom. In my case, it helped me become a committed extended nurser and breastfeeding advocate.

How to Celebrate

La Leche League provides the following tips on how to support a breastfeeding mama:

  • Give a mother the phone number of an LLL Leader.
  • Tell a first-time breastfeeding mother she is doing just fine.
  • Bring the new mother a nutritious snack and a big glass of water.
  • As an employer, accommodate a mother’s need to pump with a private comfortable space.
  • As the baby’s father, intercede with family and friends so that mother and baby can feel confident.
  • Write to legislators to support the enactment of laws supporting paid maternity leave and mother-friendly workplaces.
  • Contact an emergency relief organization and request training to help in emergency situations, especially in breastfeeding support.
  • Take care of your health and nutritional needs during pregnancy and lactation.
  • Set up or join a network of lactation experts in your community.
  • Provide transportation to a mother to attend an LLL meeting or visit a lactation consultant.
  • Advocate for legislation that enacts the provisions of the WHO/UNICEF Code of Marketing.
  • Ask for support and offer support to others.

Check back all week long as API Speaks features guest bloggers and other breastfeeding-related posts during World Breastfeeding Week! And don’t forget to visitor API Speaks Contributing Editor, the Crunchy Domestic Goddess’s great WBW giveaway for more chances to win great breastfeeding books!

And finally, the Contest Rules

Simply comment on this post and you will be entered to win a copy of LLL’s seminal book on breastfeeding: The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. If you’re a blogger, give this contest a mention, note that in your comment and you’ll get an extra entry in the prize drawing. Non-bloggers can get an extra entry by going to API’s home page and subscribing to our monthly eNewsletter–make sure you mention that in your comment! Winners will be announced in Friday’s WBW Wrap-up! Don’t forget to check out the other great giveaways on Bloggy Giveaways.
:) Julie

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LadySnow July 31, 2008 at 8:21 pm

Being first….first doesn’t usually win, but I will try anyway. I have always wanted this book but could never afford it. Someone is going to be very lucky.

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Katrina July 31, 2008 at 8:48 pm

I would love to win. We are trying for a family soon, and I am planning on breastfeeding. =)

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Colleen July 31, 2008 at 8:54 pm

There is so much info out there to sort through; I would really appreciate this book. Have a great week!

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Sarah July 31, 2008 at 8:54 pm

I’m a LLL leader and am dropping by to commend you for your awesome post and for promoting breastfeeding w/ your giveaway. :-)

I already have a copy of Womanly Art, though.

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Elizabeth-The Whole Family July 31, 2008 at 8:56 pm

I am LLL, breastfeeding mama! Enter me please. I always like having extra copies of the Womanly Art to give to new moms. :-)

efuson_2000@yahoo.com

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jamie from fort lauderdale July 31, 2008 at 9:23 pm

I’d love a new copy to give my step daughter. She just had a baby a few weeks ago. My copy is very old …and very read.

JamiC61(at)aol(dot)com

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michelle rosborough July 31, 2008 at 9:47 pm

Great book

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LaDonna July 31, 2008 at 10:32 pm

I would love a copy of this book!!!! I have breastfed all my children so far with no problems but who doesn’t need extra hints or a quick suggestion for a friend!

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Julie Neff July 31, 2008 at 10:39 pm

Breastfeeding was really hard for me so I’d love some book on how to make it work better for me!

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LaDonna July 31, 2008 at 10:46 pm
LaDonna July 31, 2008 at 10:47 pm

Link to my post at Just Our Thoughts Blog:

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/justourthoughts/568374/

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Erika Carlson July 31, 2008 at 11:15 pm

I don’t need a copy of the book, but would love to have an extra to give friends who are first time moms…I loved nursing Anna who is now almost 3.5, she self weaned after Evan was born in january, I guess after 7+ months of nursing with no milk, she just really wanted the pacifier effect with no milk! She asked to nurse once after he was born (a great solution for my engorgement) and then never asked again!

My most beautiful nursing moment so far is when Evan learned how to do a “raspberry” and did one while nursing, and then smiled at me. Also I have a great photo of when he was a few weeks old, nursing him while Anna is “playing baby” and I’m feeding her noodles with the other hand!

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GrnMtnGirl July 31, 2008 at 11:16 pm

Thanks for sharing this book with others! Would love to win.

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christene August 1, 2008 at 12:00 am

Wonderful book..I am currently breastfeeding my third for 15 wks now..

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christene August 1, 2008 at 12:00 am

Subscribed to API as well

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Angela August 1, 2008 at 5:33 am

I found out I am pregnant with our first and could really use a book to teach me the ways! Everyone in my family is anti-breastfeeding/co-sleeping/CD/homebirth/gentle discipline and all the wonderful things I have learned from AP—- and they are not the quite non -opinionated people if you know what I mean. So I have my work cut out for me! I love this site its already helped a ton (I started reading it when it started while TTC LOL). Off to sign up for my monthly newsletters!

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Rachel August 1, 2008 at 6:33 am

After struggling with pregnancy loss and infertility for a year, I just had surgery two weeks ago that will hopefully correct the problems. So hopefully I’ll be breastfeeding sometime soon….Thanks! :)

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CanCan (Mom Most Traveled) August 1, 2008 at 7:24 am

I nursed my first child for 26 months. My second is 11 months now and I’m curious to see where our journey takes us…

onlycancan at hotmail dot com

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Go Amie August 1, 2008 at 7:49 am

I’d love to win this. I plan to breastfeed but don’t have any resources yet.

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Kam A August 1, 2008 at 7:52 am

I would love to win this for a friend who is expecting! Thank you for the giveaway!

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Maria August 1, 2008 at 8:05 am

I LOVED this book, and if I were to win it, I would give this copy to a friend. It really is the holy grail. I had a goal of 1 year, but the more I looked around the net, the more women I found nursing longer and longer! We are now at 19 months, and there is really no end in sight. When The Boy is ready, he will let me know… and I’ll probably shed a tear or two. :)

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Maria August 1, 2008 at 8:09 am

I sent them your way! (i.e. a post on your giveaway… link in my name.)

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Green Mamma August 1, 2008 at 9:51 am

I would love to win The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding to give to my friend, an AP minded mamma who is pregnant with her first child.

Also, check out my post on Green Mamma:
http://www.greenmamma.org/blog/2008/08/01/world-breastfeeding-weekworld-breastfeeding-week/

By the way, Annabelle is 19 months and is showing no signs of letting go of nursing. In fact, she is nursing right now as I blog away. =)

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Kristan August 1, 2008 at 11:33 am

I am BF my 12.5 month twins till they stop!

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Christina G August 1, 2008 at 11:38 am

My little guy just turned one and I couldn’t imagine weaning him yet. I’m planning on blogging about my 1 year breastfeeding anniversary, and would mention the contest on my blog then, but I won’t have time to write the post until Sunday, so one entry will have to do. ;-)

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Tara R August 1, 2008 at 4:02 pm

I’m still nursing my 19 month old and I would love this book!

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melissa August 1, 2008 at 6:02 pm
Lucy August 2, 2008 at 11:13 am

I checked this book out from the library but sadly had to return it before I was done reading it.

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Cassandra August 2, 2008 at 11:46 am

Very helpful book!

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Kari August 2, 2008 at 7:02 pm

I nursed my 4 kids for an average of 4 years per child, so my breasts have logged 16 years of nursing! :) As with many others, I already have a couple of copies of the Womanly Art but I’d love to win another for the next baby shower I attend. The Womanly Art, a sling, and a hand-sewn doll or jingly ball are my favorite gifts for new moms. Thanks for helping spread the word about LLL and the wonders of breastfeeding!

Oh, and I’m heading over after I post this to subscribe to your API newsletter!

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Caryn B August 3, 2008 at 12:42 am

Breastfeeding is the most natural and beautiful gift you can give a child…we’re still going strong, nursing at 13 months….

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Erica August 3, 2008 at 5:29 pm

Great giveaway! I read this book a few years ago, but would to have it on hand to re-read and to lend out to my friends who have young babies :)

I will mention this in my blog also!!

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Jeannette August 3, 2008 at 8:38 pm

Today my oldest turned 3 years old and I am celebrating three years of breastfeeding. First her and then her brother, now 10 months old. Breastfeeding rocks!

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Molly Capel August 3, 2008 at 8:53 pm

I would love to win this for myself.

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Mark August 4, 2008 at 7:54 pm

I’m just lucky enough to be able to do what I can to support my wife’s breastfeeding.

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Reija August 6, 2008 at 9:14 am

Breastfeeding is the best thing! After total of 4 1/2 years of breastfeeding ( 2 different children) I’ve learned so much but could always use more tips.

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Wern August 24, 2008 at 5:43 pm

Appreciate you message. Friends reccommended to visit you. Good thing. Added in favourites! Wanna read you more!

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Grace Nathan August 3, 2009 at 5:02 pm

I would love to have a copy of that book! I borrowed it from my sis when I was pregnant.

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