We can’t believe it’s September already and that Fall is right around the corner! You’ve probably already noticed the back-to-school and pumpkin spiced themes making their ways back into focus. Before all of that sets in, we at Metropolitan Breastfeeding thought we’d highlight some awesome breastfeeding moments from this summer.
Breastfeeding in Public
Parents can legally breastfeeding publicly in all 50 states. Now that’s a game-changer! Parents have been fighting the battle to breastfeed in public without harassment for a very long time, but in July it became official that it was legal to publicly breastfeed in all 50 states. Woohoo! This is amazing, but what’s more amazing was the news coverage on this – you saw it everywhere! Why is that so important? Well, when everyone is more aware of the laws around breastfeeding there is (hopefully) less chance of a breastfeeding parent being wrongly asked to cover up or leave because they’re feeding their child. Awareness is key in ensuring the success of this law’s intentions, and this summer was overflowing with awareness!
Around the same time as the public breastfeeding news broke, one working and breastfeeding mom decided to make an impactful statement. Model Mara Martin strutted her way down the catwalk with her baby fully latched on, without missing a beat. Moms everywhere found inspiration in Mara’s dedication to both motherhood and her work passions. It’s no easy feat being a parent, and when you add breastfeeding and a hectic work schedule life can become overwhelming. Statements like the one Mara Martin made are great reminders to parents that they are strong enough to nurture their children’s and their own wants and needs.
Now let’s take a moment to talk about another model – Chrissy Teigen. This is one busy mom! Chrissy loves showing the world her family bond. We loved (liked, favorited, pinned) every second of it this summer. Chrissy has shown us the true struggle of spilling milk (a.k.a. Liquid Gold), as well as the importance of having a support system (can’t we all have a John Legend in our lives?). Chrissy Teigen, and other celebrities like American Ferrara and P!nk, have done played a huge part in normalizing breastfeeding in the public eye this summer and have showed Hollywood that they can live their breastfeeding and personal dreams!
World Breastfeeding Month and World Breastfeeding Week
Finally, let’s talk about World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month. To quickly explain, August is the official National Breastfeeding Month and the first week of August is World Breastfeeding Week. It’s the month of breastfeeding! During this month we’ve gotten a chance to see The Global Big Latch On host events around the world where about 21,000 children were being breastfed during a timed minute. Wait, how many kids?! Yes, you read that right – 21,000! The Global Big Latch On is an organized event based around normalizing breastfeeding through having breastfeeding families gather to support one another. We at Metropolitan Breastfeeding definitely recommend breastfeeding parents to reach out and participate in next year’s event!
Another thing we’ve gotten to see for World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month was Lansinoh’s ‘Beautiful Breastfeeding Around the World’ photography collection which highlighted breastfeeding in different cultures around the world. Everyone at Metropolitan Breastfeeding has a special weakness for beautiful and creative breastfeeding photos so we’d recommend you guys check it out.
Did you have any breastfeeding adventures this summer? If you did and would like to share your story and maybe some pictures, tag us in them on Facebook!