30 September 2011

Breastfeeding: it’s what your tits are for #nlpoli

The first week of October is World Breastfeeding Week.

Check out babyfriendlynl.ca and you can find information on some of the activities going on across the province.

Regular readers of these e-scribbles will know that breastfeeding is the local cause of choice.  Some people questioned a sub-head on the blog that lasted for a long while last winter:  Breastfeeding: it’s what your bazongas are for.  Initially they took offence or thought it might be offensive. 

But after your humble e-scribbler explain where the slogan came from and that breastfeeding is the SRBP cause, they called off the lynching..

You can find a post from 2009 that sets what should be the provincial goal:  66 at 6 in 2.  Let’s to the point where 66% percent of new moms are breastfeeding six months after they’ve given birth.

Make it an election issue. 

And in the meantime, be inspired by this promotional video:

- srbp -

2 comments:

Jerry Bannister said...

Ed,

You've raised this issue frequently, and I appreciate what you're trying to do. But I think that a strong advocacy of breast-feeding needs to be balanced by a clear acknowledgment that not all new mothers are in fact able to breast feed their babies for six months. Some mothers are never able to breast feed their babies, while others can do so only in limited amounts or for limited times.

There is, even in a campaign with good intentions, a danger of overlooking the fact that breast-feeding is not always an option for all women. Too many of the public messages I've seen make it seem as if this is solely a question of personal choice.

Jerry

Edward Hollett said...

Jerry:

You are absolutely correct. There are some women who have medical or other issues that prevent them from breastfeeding.

And certainly that is something we all need to remember (me included).

That said, this province has such an appallingly low rate of breastfeeding, full stop and the benefits of breastfeeding are such that we need a much greater effort into promoting breastfeeding for those who can.

To me this is just one element of a much wider package of supports we - as a society - ought to give to young families.