Saturday, August 1, 2009

Welcome to World Breastfeeding Week 2009!

Yama Uba nursing KintokiAugust 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week, and I have this fabulous idea to bring you a series of breastfeeding-related articles in celebration.

I discovered as I was drafting a few that most of my breastfeeding info is geared toward the earlier days of breastfeeding, when things are still getting established.

So particularly if you're pregnant or newly nursing, please check back in this week for some (hopefully helpful) posts [ETA links!]:

     • The theme of World Breastfeeding Week for 2009 has to do with breastfeeding's ability to save lives in a crisis, such as natural disasters like a cyclone or earthquake, civil unrest like wars and displacement, or a personal emergency like a house fire or homelessness. It sounds like kind of a downer of a topic when I print it out like that, but breastfeeding really is an amazing tool for mamas and babies who are in distress. There'll be a Carnival of Breastfeeding post later this week that will address that topic further, and of course there will be a host of other carnival participants' thoughts to read.

     • I also intend to write a couple tips about how to establish a good breastfeeding relationship with a newborn. These would most likely come in handy for a first child, or if the first time around breastfeeding didn't go as you'd planned.

     • I have a long overdue rave for a nursing cami, so look for that.

     • And I also plan to review nursing pillows. Call it a pillow fight between Boppy and My Brest Friend!

     • I want to do a Breastfeeding Roundup of articles from my site, in case you're new to the site and want an idea of what I've written about breastfeeding babies and toddlers in the past.

I might throw another post or two in there [Bebé Glotón & pre-surgery breastfeeding guidelines, in fact], but that right there might be all (or more than...) I can handle, despite the specially thematic week inspiring me! We're in the middle of moving out of our apartment, and we have to prepare to give our 20-days notice this coming week. (I say "prepare to give," because our landlady is beyond bizarre. There are things we have to do in advance to appease her. I'll say no more. You'd understand if you knew her. Did I mention we're moving??)

Happy Breastfeeding Week, and happy breastfeeding!

Artwork is Yama Uba nursing Kintoki, by Kitagawa Utamaro


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