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World Breastfeeding Week Book Contest — Winner 3

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Here is the third winner of my book contest …. Mary, from Open Arms Natural Parenting. She sent me her breastfeeding story, and as a prize she’ll receive a copy of “Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding.” Here’s Mary’s story:
When my first daughter was born I decided to breastfeed because I figured that my body knew what was best for my baby. However I was way to timid to nurse in public. I basically just stayed home until she was weaned, unless I could be out and back before she got hungry. The problem was that I had never seen anyone else breastfeeding in public before, I saw moms everywhere feeding babies with bottles so I felt like it was wrong to “whip them out” in public. So I stayed home, which at the time was fine because I loved spending all that time with my new baby.
When my first son was born I was a little bit braver,but not much. I would go out but if he got hungry I would hide. I would find a back bedroom or a fitting room or feed him in the car. I hated it because it made me fell dirty, like I was doing something wrong. The worst was one day at Wal-Mart when I walked up to the fitting room and asked the clerk if I could use a room to nurse my baby and she said ,”No, you have to use the bathroom for/ that/.” and gave me a disgusted look. So I went to the bathroom sat down in a dirty toilet and cried while I fed my baby.
When my third child was born last year I decided that I would breastfeed proudly! I would not go crawl off in shame to nourish my child and heaven forbid any one who tried to stop me. I also wanted my two older
children to see me breastfeeding so that they would grow up knowing what a woman’s breast were truly for. At first I was very shy and made sure that he was always in a ring sling or that I was wearing a nursing
shirt because I was afraid of showing to much skin. But as the months went by even that didn’t seem to matter anymore. I mean, they are just breasts.
I see breasts everywhere – on males mowing the lawn or playing sports, on women at the pool, in movies, and on billboards – in fact most of them are showing more skin than I do while I breastfeed. So why should it matter if someone sees me using my breasts for what they were intended for? If my son is hungry I fed him no matter where I am or what I am wearing. If every woman did the same, maybe there would no longer be young women crying in bathroom stalls while they tried to feed a baby. My children
do not view breasts as purely sexual. In fact a few months ago we were at the park and my six year old son saw a woman feeing her baby a bottle of milk. He watched for a few minutes and then walked up to her, pointed to her breasts and whispered, “You know you don’t have to use that bottle, you have milk in those.” And yesterday while we were at the pool and a rather large busted woman in a itty bitty bikini walked past us, my nine year old daughter looked at me and said, “I bet she could feed 5 or 6
babies!”

As a final note to Mary’s story, she’s involved with an organization, No Mother Left Behind, that donates baby slings to moms in need.



3 Responses to “World Breastfeeding Week Book Contest — Winner 3”

I am so excited and can’t wait to read the book!
Thank you for such a wonderful and fun contest!

For those in Southern New England:
Join Bellani Maternity for Cookies & Milk!:
Build Breastfeeding Awareness to Save Lives!
Wednesday, August 8, 9-11am, Warwick, RI
The simple act of breastfeeding can help save lives. By increasing breastfeeding rates around the world, we could save 1.3 million children annually and reduce mortality rates by 22%. This year’s World Breastfeeding Week aims to save one million babies across the globe by building breastfeeding awareness. The Warwick, RI-based pregnancy resource center Bellani Maternity is hosting an official site for the World Breastfeeding Wave. In this worldwide event, women from across the globe will breastfeed at 10am (their local time), resulting in a 24-hour wave of sequential breastfeeding all the way around the world!
The event is held as part of World Breastfeeding Week, celebrated in over 120 countries worldwide on August 1-7. This year’s goal for the awareness-raising event is to spread the word that immediate initiation of breastfeeding and exclusive breastfeeding for six months can save more than one million babies.
To help show our support, breastfeeding moms are gathering at Bellani Maternity at 1276 Bald Hill Rd., Warwick, RI (across from Target) on Wednesday, August 8 from 9 to 11am, for “Cookies & Milk.” Have fun with other moms and families while we spread the word about breastfeeding. The synchronized feeding will take place at 10am and registration starts at 9am. For more info visit http://www.bellanimaternity.com or call Bellani at 401-234-1279.
Please note: no bottles, teats, pacifiers, milk or babyfood products will be allowed on-site during the event. These items will disqualify Bellani from participating in the World Breastfeeding Wave.

World Breastfeeding Wave Hits Rhode Island:
Lactation Resource Center Saves Lives with “Cookies & Milk”
Warwick, RI – On Wednesday, August 8, 15 local mothers gathered at Bellani Maternity to breastfeed at 10 am sharp. They joined in a worldwide first – the largest synchronized breastfeeding in history. Other mothers came to show their support, and it turned out to be a great community event for mothers with young children!
The event was held as the culmination of World Breastfeeding Week, celebrated in over 120 countries worldwide from August 1-7.
The mothers, friends and families enjoyed sing-a-longs, and cookies donated by Providence’s Meeting Street Café while they learned more about the importance of breastfeeding.
“We’re here today to applaud the women of Rhode Island who’ve made the challenging commitment to feed their children as nature intended, and to support others in their decision,” said Kelly LaChance-Guertin BA, CCE, CD (DONA), CLC, Bellani’s Co-owner, and Co-founder in her address to Cookies & Milk’s 15 participating mothers.
For more information on Bellani Maternity visit http://www.bellanimaternity.com.

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