World Breastfeeding Week 2017

World Breastfeeding Week is here! We’ve been doing a few things all week long to celebrate.

First, we released this mosaic, made up entirely of our members’ submitted photos. If you zoom in, you’ll see mothers nursing babies, mothers nursing toddlers or preschoolers, mothers pumping, some photos of pumped milk, milk baths, and so much more. This mosaic is a love letter to our membership. We love you ladies!

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Second, we are offering an exclusive new apparel design, created for Milky Mommas, which is not available anywhere else! Check out this order form doc to order your shirts, hoodies, onesies, or bags in our gorgeous Word Cloud Momma design! The order will be closing soon, so don’t wait!

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Third, we have released several new advocacy graphics. Take a scroll through these lovely women and babies, we hope you feel empowered!

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Fourth, our founder Christine has created this set of graphics to help us ask for the support we need from our families, communities, employers, and healthcare providers. Feel free to download and post those that apply to you, in order to start a discussion with your loved ones about breastfeeding support.

Last but not least, many of our mommas are attending Big Latch On events in their areas. Are you? What are you doing to celebrate this week? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Lactation Professionals and Resources

Support is key to the success of any breastfeeding relationship. It truly takes a village! Use the links and resources below to find a lactation professional or breastfeeding support group near you.

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Why an IBCLC?

An Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) is a highly trained lactation professional. IBCLCs spend hundreds of hours studying the biology and best practice of lactation, and are certified by the IBLCE, which establishes the highest standards in lactation and breastfeeding care worldwide. There are many wonderful CLE and CLCs out there, but IBCLCs undergo a uniquely rigorous and thorough course of training to receive their certification. Overall, their knowledge tends to be more complete and up to date.

 

Savannah, GA Resources

We have 3 IBCLCs (all in the Savannah/Statesboro area of GA) in the Milky Mommas group. These ladies are amazing and can literally turn your breastfeeding relationship from a nightmare into a dream come true:

Pamela Holland www.facebook.com/pages/Lactation-Home-Visit-LLC/197778186929809

Nancy Derr www.facebook.com/SoutheastGeorgiaLactationAndWellnessServicesLlc

Helen Pastures https://www.facebook.com/LatchSAV/

Find an IBCLC in Your Area

http://www.ilca.org/why-ibclc/falc

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La Leche League

There are local La Leche League meetings in every state. Many groups have local Facebook pages.

See link below to find your local group:
http://www.llli.org/webus.html

  • Call the Leader Locator at 847-519-7730. This number provides access to an automated system for finding LLL Leaders in the US by entering a local zip code. In Canada, call 800-665-4324, or 514-LA-LECHE for a French-speaking Leader.
  • If you are unable to find a Group or Leader near you, 24-hour breastfeeding help is available toll-free in the US from the LLL Breastfeeding Helpline-US at 877-4-LALECHE (877-452-5324).

If you are local to Savannah GA, here is the LLL of Sav page:ย https://www.facebook.com/lllsavannah.

 

Breastfeeding USA

The mission of Breastfeeding USA is to provide evidence-based breastfeeding information and support, and to promote breastfeeding as the biological and cultural norm.

Find a Breastfeeding USA group in your area:
https://breastfeedingusa.org/content/breastfeeding-counselor-locations.

 

 

How to Become an IBCLC

If you are interested in becoming an IBCLC, you can find more information here:
http://iblce.org/certify/preparing-for-ibclc-certification/.

If you have worked with an incredible IBCLC or LLL in your area, feel free to share their link with us. The more resources we have, the more support our fellow Milky Mommas will have on their amazing breastfeeding journey.