Saturday, September 15, 2012

Shaking Things Up to Bring You The Best!

So, coming up on 3,000 fans, we are thinking of changing our question format a little over on the Facebook Page. From now on, instead of reposting each question we receive through the wall and private message directly to the wall, we will address each mother individually first. Helping her to find resources and solutions to common questions and referring her to her local in person resources as neccessary. After these personal conversations with mothers posting or messaging for help, we will share her question and some solutions in a post asking for further input from moms.

There are a few reasons for our change!

  1. We want to empower mothers to learn and problem solve, like the old adage says "teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime." Adult learners retain 80-90% of what they say AND do, so it is helpful to do your research and in the process above, others will be graced with the resources that can help them in the future. 
  2. We want moms to get the research based answers and solutions FIRST, saving personal, experiential, and anecdotal evidence for input after the issue has been assessed and resources have been given.
  3. We want each fan to see a bigger picture when scanning their newsfeed, so you'll see a brief synopsis of a mom's question/problem/concern, the symptoms, as well as resources and suggestions and a request for YOUR experience and input (and further questions?) if you should choose to respond! By doing this, you learn a little something even if you choose not to read through the comments, and better yet, you'll see what resources and evidence supports different solutions to different problems...and some day you'll perhaps have an issue and you'll remember "Oh yeah! I can check out!" or something like that. 

This format is more personal, and we want to be able to help mothers more directly. We will be engaging some of the experienced friends we have in our village to help us handle the volume if we are unable to address a large number of questions. We also would like to take one or two volunteers to help in moderating the page. If you are interested, please write to us a short blurb about why you would like to help, what your qualifications are, training, certifications, accreditation, etc. Tell us about your personal breastfeeding story, things you overcame and how, how you think your experience may help other moms...anything that you feel makes you qualified to help mothers with breastfeeding problems. We'll select two applicants after a little back and forth and when they are all set, we'll introduce you to them.

Please feel free to share any posts you think are new or interesting from the facebook page with friends who may benefit from even just skimming those details. It's funny how the brain works. We may one day be talking with a mother about newborn feeding habits because she is afraid baby is not getting enough...another mother may read that and not need it, but later if or when she does, she will pull it from the dusty corners and she'll know what to do or at least how to get information and support.

Welcome to virtual breastfeeding education readers! We hope our experiment improves our service to you and sets us apart from other breastfeeding pages and blogs out there!

(and the other mamas too, obviously)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Bursting Bubbles

Last month we had our Third Annual Breastival of Nurslings photography event. It was a huge success and we had 41 mamas come to get their portraits taken while nursing their children. It was so wonderful to be surrounded by like-minded mamas and just chat the afternoon away.

During the photo shoot we realized just how many of us were tandem nursing mamas, so we took the opportunity to do a group shot of all of us nursing!

Allison Kuznia Photography -
Age of Nurslings from left to right; 3, 1, 1, 3, 2, 0, 0, and 1

The four of us are regulars at playdates, and this sight is actually a pretty common one in my backyard. The only usual thing about it really is that we are in a line instead of in a circle. This is our norm. We often spend playdates nursing our babies (and by babies, we mean the children under the age of 2) frequently with the older ones occasionally coming in for a quick nurse, before they run off to play. We have been so immersed in a breastfeeding friendly culture like this that we kind of forgot that we aren't "normal." We posted the photo on our FB fan page... and quickly thereafter came some negative comments of how "gross" we are and how our children are "too old." I will say, 99% of the comments were gushing over how we are the most awesome women on the planet and how they wished they had friends like this in their community. The handful of negative ones were kind of a shock as we have been living in this little happy bubble of absolute acceptance and love for our full term breastfeeding.

The natural age of weaning is between ages 2 and 7, with the average being between 3 and 5 years of age. These children are all well within the normal breastfeeding age for humans. It is only our society and myths that are leaving people to feel like this is somehow wrong. News flash... breasts are not sexual organs! If you are someone that has a foot fetish... does that suddenly make feet sexual organs? Breasts can be used during a sexual act... but their main purpose in life is to supply breastmilk to children. Surprise!!! There is nothing sexual about breastfeeding children. Breastfeeding does not suddenly become inappropriate or no longer beneficial at 366 days of age (or whatever you think the cut off should be.) 

Here are some great resources about full term breastfeeding and the benefits of nursing older children.