Yesterday on twitter, I said:
Do you consider yourself a Canadian breastfeeding supporter? If so, speak up! I'm making a list.
— PhD in Parenting (@phdinparenting) January 16, 2013
Some people responded, "Yes, I believe in choice". Other people responded "No, I believe in choice". Other people responded with "what do you mean by support?". I asked the question because I do a lot of breastfeeding support and breastfeeding advocacy work and I wanted to ensure that I was following the right people and engaging the right people and I wanted to be a bit more organized about it.
Going into it, my thought was that being a "breastfeeding supporter" and what that means is very much self-defined. For me it means that I support a woman's right to choose how to feed her baby and I support a variety of potential societal, health care, policy and regulatory changes that would increase the chances of women meeting their own breastfeeding goals. I don't think we've gone far enough yet in creating an environment that is conducive to breastfeeding success, but I also think it is possible to go too far and end up placing unnecessary and unjust restrictions on women.
But what is enough? What is too much? I have my own opinions, which I've formed based on a combination of evidence and empathy. Now I want to know what you think.
If you consider yourself to be a breastfeeding supporter, what does that mean to you? I'd love it if you could take a moment to answer this brief survey (the survey is for anyone, not just Canadians).
If you don't consider yourself a breastfeeding supporter, I'd love to know why not and what "not supporting breastfeeding" means to you. Please leave a comment below.
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