As National Breastfeeding Month (#NBM14) comes to a close, I’ve decided to serve up a taste of great information that appeared on social media during August.
Here’s a short clip from a forthcoming documentary, “Mother’s Milk, Mother’s Wisdom,” about the difficulty U.S. moms have asking for help in a country that values independence and self-sufficiency. More than 40 years ago, Sesame Street helped normalize breastfeeding in this segment in which Buffy nurses her child and talks with Big Bird about breastfeeding. I wonder if Sesame Street does current episodes that show babies breastfeeding? What about adult TV shows? Have you ever seen any? Let me know, and send the video links, if you can find them. I would love to post them.
Journalist Kimberly Seals Allers penned a powerful, must-read piece on why Black Breastfeeding Week has everything to do with Ferguson.
MomsRising sponsored a Twitter chat about breastfeeding in the workplace, and I’m quite proud of the blog post on breastfeeding and microfinance I wrote five years ago when I was a KIVA Fellow in Nicaragua.
Finally, back home in San Francisco, mamas should know about these local, in-person resources:
- La Leche League’s free 24-hour, 7-day a week helpline: 415.320.8116 and its monthly free meetings at Sport’s Basement and the Richmond District Library.
- Nursing Mothers Counsel offers free classes and a help line.
- DayOne Baby offers classes and support groups in the north side.
- Natural Resources has classes and support groups in the Mission.
Yes, you can do it! Especially with lots of help and support! So be sure to ask for it!