I usually keep my musings on motherhood on my personal blog, Babyrific, but I think the event that I attended today is one that so many moms would find of interest. So, here’s a re-post of my latest entry from Babyrific:
Lots of cool stuff going on today–actually all of this week. As I’ve mentioned and tweeted about frequently, as a blogger and writer, I’m often asked to attend cool events. Today’s event is a rather cool one, and one that I’ve spoken about candidly, but have treaded lightly for reasons I’ll explain below.
I have such fond memories of my whole nursing experience. Ok, so maybe I might have wanted to punish a certain snoring someone because I was exhausted from all the on-demand nursing at 3 and 4am. But overall, nursing was just one of those things that worked out for me.
And if you know me or read this blog enough to know, nothing ever quite works out the way it should…
except my whole breastfeeding experience.
Ok, I vehemently take that back.
I might have pumped in a storage closet/defunct kitchenette for almost a year.
Yeah…everything went smoothly for me except that.
As a full time work outside of the home mama, where I pumped twice a day was a small detail, right?
Oh so wrong.
Until now, I’ve never felt that I was one to preach to the masses about breastfeeding. Quite honestly, I know it may even make some of you, my readers, my family, my friends uncomfortable. I know this.
But that’s about to change.
Today, I was invited to attend the Bravado Breastfeeding Launch Event, which was an intimate event in NYC celebrating the launch of BBIC, the information arm of Bravado Designs. The event was a roundtable filled with data and commentary where the BBIC shared their research and findings based on 17 years of expertise and as told by 80,000 moms.
As a first time mom who read books, upon books about motherhood and how to be a “great” mom, I truly didn’t know nearly enough about breastfeeding. I have often referred to Kellymom, but obviously there’s so much more to know about the topic, which is why I’m so honored to have been invited to such a groundbreaking event.
From this event, even though I no longer breastfeed, I hope to share some new-found knowledge and updated statistics about breastfeeding on this blog, and perhaps, in print somewhere.
Mamas, no one should ever have to pump in a supply closet, dirty restroom or anywhere else that’s unsanitary. EVAH.
Just a few of the points and findings that I learned from the BBIC’s Launch Event:
-Over 85% of nursing mothers will go out of their way to go to #bf friendly stores, etc.
-Moms also need TIME to pump: unpaid or paid.
-Over 80% of breastfeeding mothers intend to BF when returning to work.
There’s so much more to report, and once I organize notes and recordings, I’ll have to share a full post on this very informative topic and breastfeeding discussion.
And be sure to check out the expertise behind the Advisory Board.
photo credit: Roboto_san