Have you heard about this?
Advocates of breastfeeding in the Philippines will lead 20 other countries in the first-ever global synchronized breastfeeding event next week. Their goal is to promote breastfeeding as still being best for babies.
Organizers of Nurturers of the Earth said the Synchronized Breastfeeding Worldwide event will gather mothers from 21 nations across the globe. On Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. in their respective time zones, mothers will breastfeed their babies.
Mothers from countries such as Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Canada, Colombia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, the United States, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and Ukraine were expected to participate in the event.
So all we have to do to participate is breastfeed our child at 10 a.m. (our local time) on Aug. 8, right? Anybody game? I hope to do it. We have tentative plans to go to my midwife’s social that morning and we may be in the car at 10 a.m., but I will try to sneak in some nursing before we hit the road. There’s always time for a little mama’s milk. :)
More info about the synchronized breastfeeding event can be found here.
I feel that something like this that draws positive attention to breastfeeding is especially important to support in light of information like this article from the Associated Press saying that more moms in the U.S.A. are breastfeeding, but they are quitting way too soon.
Nearly three-quarters of new mothers in the United States are breast-feeding their babies, but they are quitting too soon and resorting to infant f*rmula too often, federal health officials said Thursday.
A government survey found that only about 30 percent of new moms are feeding their babies breast milk alone three months after birth. At six months, only 11 percent are breast-feeding exclusively.
F*rmula isn’t as good at protecting babies against diseases, eczema and childhood obesity. Ideally, nearly all mothers should breast-feed their babies for six months or more, said David Paige, a Johns Hopkins University reproductive health expert.
Only 11 percent exclusively breast-feeding at 6 months? Ouch. Those numbers are awfully low. :(
The government announced goals for 2010: getting 60 percent of women to breast-feed exclusively for the first three months and 25 percent through six months.
Let’s hope that continued breastfeeding education and more support for breastfeeding moms, including working moms, will help the U.S. achieve and surpass that goal.
F*rmula was typed without the “o” above to protect my blog from f*rmula ads.