2011 has been a year of celebrating successes, breastfeeding being covered by the media, breastfeeding in public and breastfeeding advocacy. We have seen censorship and fought it and we have seen great strides in the movement of breastfeeding advocacy.
Non profit organizations like The Best For Babes Foundation, La Leche League, The Milk Truck and The United States Breastfeeding Committee continue to work to help moms meet their breastfeeding goals and to protect moms from the ignorance of our society.
Successes: In 2011, The IRS allowed moms to expense breastpumps as a medical expense, Hospitals became baby-friendly and one state even banned formula samples from being given out in its hospitals. We learned about the WHO Code and why it is so important. And we saw some of our favorite companies break the WHO code. With sadness we watched as these events unfolded.
We were saddened organizations like Facebook showed their ignorance on the subject.
We learned about goals and how they change as we change. We promoted breastfeeding in public and we discussed ways that we can help other moms to reach their own breastfeeding goals and beat the breastfeeding booby traps!
We learned about breastfeeding in our pasts and ways to help improve success for working moms and overcome our insecurities. We took joy in the innocence of our children and their unadulterated views of breastfeeding.
2011 was a great year – and as we approach 2012 – I look forward to more good news, more laws passed to support and help moms and more moms breastfeeding and meeting their own personal breastfeeding goals as support for moms continues to rise.
What are your breastfeeding goals for 2012?