You might have noticed on twitter and/or facebook that I’ve been plugging the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt 2012 recently. If you haven’t already looked at the website yourself to find out more about it, I’d like to share in this short post what it’s about and why I’m taking part.
The idea behind the hunt is to coincide with the British National Breastfeeding week from 24th – 30th June 2012, to add a bit of fun to this week and to raise awareness of breastfeeding. Various bloggers, who would like to share their breastfeeding stories and experiences, will write a post a week for the four weeks of June, focusing on a different theme each week. As well as the opportunity to find out information about the highs and lows of breastfeeding through reading these blog posts, there will be competitions to win various goodies related to breastfeeding, such as nursing bras, baby slings etc. You can read all about this on the central hunt website.
The overall goal of the hunt is for mums to share their views, experiences and knowledge of breastfeeding, so that other mums can make an informed choice about their own breastfeeding journey, and perhaps give them the confidence and information they need to achieve their personal breastfeeding goals, which many mums don’t achieve because they do not receive the right information, support and advice.
I agree wholeheartedly with this goal. I feel incredibly lucky that I had (and still have) access to some amazing support, but I know from friends’ experiences that this isn’t always the case. For Andrew and I, breastfeeding was a real struggle in the first six months, but I’m so glad we had people around us and access to lots of information that really helped us to persevere and get to where we are today.
What I don’t want my posts to portray is an image of me as part of some sort of breastfeeding militia, the kind of person who rants on about ‘breast is best, full stop’ and blindly insists that all women ‘must’ breastfeed. Nothing could be further from the truth. But I know that this is how breastfeeding information and support can, in some cases, come across. I fully and openly acknowledge that how a mum chooses to feed her baby is her own choice, for herself and on behalf of her baby – it’s a choice all mums face. However, it’s a choice that I believe should be based on the mum receiving sufficient and accurate information, support and advice – a choice that she does not look back on with retrospect wishing she had been given more information, support and advice when it really mattered. In my opinion and experience the most crucial times for this are before the birth and in the very early days with baby, not weeks down the line – getting breastfeeding off to a good start is so important for longer term success.
I hope this post has explained clearly enough what this is all about, why I’m doing it, and what it’s not about. My four posts will appear as follows, including a little clue of what I’ll write about):
- Saturday 2nd June: The Benefits of Breastfeeding (rarely ill baby/toddler, it’s free!)
- Saturday 9th June: Mum to Mum sharing about Breastfeeding (at breast supplementation – ingenious idea!)
- Saturday 16th June: Where to Get Support (our amazing support group, Daddy is the best)
- Friday 29th June: Breastfeeding Beyond the First Month (for toddler as well as baby, even at the same time)
Please come back for more, if you’re interested! I hope you’ll find out lots of useful stuff from me and the other bloggers, and have fun reading at the same time 🙂 You never know, you might even bag yourself a brilliant prize.
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