National Breastfeeding Celebration Week (NBCW) 2017 started on 26th June in England, with the theme of breastfeeding support. During the week, mums have been sharing pictures of their ‘breastfeeding friends’, that is the people (partners, parents, friends, relatives, midwives, doctors, lactation consultants, health visitors, fellow mums, random kind strangers!) that supported them during their breastfeeding journeys with the hashtags: #bffriend17 and #celebratebreastfeeding
As one might be able to tell, this is a topic very close to my heart. I remember how, long before I even started considering having a baby, any news item about people opposing breastfeeding in public used to make my blood boil. In the UK, with its shocking breastfeeding rates, one third of women feel embarrassed breastfeeding in public. I plan to write a much longer post about it soon, a post I’ve been writing in my mind for a very long time, possibly since the Little One first latched on my boob.
For now I’ll just post Jake Dypka x Hollie McNish‘s ‘Embarrassed’. I saw it for the first time when I was watching Noemi Weis’s film ‘Milk’. The first time brought tears to my eyes. Then I had to rewind the film and watch it again, and again. It encompassed all those feelings and all those fleeting thoughts I had during endless sleepless nights and awkward daytime outings, between burping muslin squares and hasted bra re-adjustments, heated discussions about nursing in public, feminism and capitalism and class struggle and the redefinition of public space. But anything I’ll ever write will never be as beautiful as this poem. I’ll never be able to post it enough. Happy NBCW — Go out and #celebratebreastfeeding x