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World Breastfeeding Week

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World Breastfeeding Week is right around the corner.  The official dates are August 1st through the 7th.  But this annual event has more or less morphed into Breastfeeding Awareness Month.  There are events going on all throughout August (and even September), nationally and internationally.  Here’s a link on the La Leche League site to see what might be happening near you.

Each year, World Breastfeeding Week has a theme. This year, it’s “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.”  There are videos to go with each of these ten steps:

Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding: Every facility providing maternity services and care for newborn infants should:
1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care
staff.
2. Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
3. Inform all pregnant mothers about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within a half-hour of birth.
5. Show mothers how to breastfeed, and how to maintain lactation even if they should be
separated from their infants.
6. Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breastmilk unless medically
indicated.
7. Practice rooming-in – allow mothers and infants to remain together – 24 hours a day.
8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
9. Give no artificial teats or pacifiers (also called dummies or soothers) to breastfeeding infants.
10.Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.

Feel free to share your plans on how you are marking World Breastfeeding Week.

Your Pictures: Breastfeeding in Scotland

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June 26, 2010

I’m starting a new feature here, on Mama Knows Breast.  It’s called “Your Pictures.”  You can send me your pictures related to breastfeeding… pics of you and your baby, pics of your favorite breastfeeding related product.  You name it. I’ll credit you, and if you have a blog, link back to your site.

So for the first picture, I have a photo that my friend Tony Dolan took while on vacation.  This picture was taken on June 26, in Glasgow, Scotland.  Tony thinks it was Buchanan street.  The banner says Glasgow Welcomes Breastfeeding.  And you can jsut barely see the international breastfeeding icon on the left hand corner.

If anyone can further identify this banner… maybe it was for a conference…let me know.

Now, go to your photo archives, or take a new picture, and send it to me.