Breastfeeding Awareness Year
Peggy O’Mara at Mothering Magazine recently posted an article called “2012: Breastfeeding Awareness Year,” highlighting some of the many breastfeeding victories and controversies that have happened over this past year, like the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, advocacy against the censoring of breastfeeding photos, and the Best for Babes CARE – WHO Alliance (milkmakers was listed as a business that is part of this alliance!). She says that “Breastfeeding came of age in 2012. Public health initiatives are increasing as is public awareness.”
Another great milestone for breastfeeding was that in June, the Affordable Care Act, with its requirement that employers provide “reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk,” as well as “a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk,” was upheld by the Supreme Court.
You can read Peggy’s article here. And remember that we’re all in this together – the more we share with each other, the more we increase awareness, the better this country will be for all breastfeeding mothers!