Thursday, January 5, 2012

Support with Integrity

Okay Mummies, I think (hope) you know my stance on breastfeeding, breastfeeding support and judgment. I strive to not judge a Mummie who tries to breastfeed, supplements with formula or is unsuccessful in meeting her breastfeeding goals. I don't think it is fair to judge a Mummie, as I have only walked in my shoes. Yes..... my shoes have been caked in thousand pound mud with a breastpump that called  me names. But here is my secret, I am stubborn. Stubborn as an independent Nummie Lover who wants to dress herself, with NO help from Mummie, even as she is screaming "I CAN'T DO IT!!!!!" Perhaps that is why I have battled on, with breastfeeding, the way that I have.

I guess that is why I was SO excited when I got a very special email from Head Mama herself, from Earth Mama Angel Baby. Last week she sent out a special email with a sneak peak at Earth Mama Angel Baby's newest "baby." They have created a breastfeeding Pledge called "Support with Integrity: Facilitating Judgment-Free Breastfeeding." I was instantly in LOVE! FINALLY someone else is more into the judgment free zone! It does not matter how, when, or even where you breastfeed. As long as you support breastfeeding.... that is ALL that matters! Heck, it just about brought a tear to my eye.

I (enter the sound of a SQUEAL here) was the 8th person to sign it! Never mind the fact Head Mama deemed me a "fellow Bosom Buddy" but she ranked me (little ol' ME!) as one of the breastfeeding supporters on her list! (enter SQUEAL again.) I about leaked Nummies all over myself!

This is where you, my awesome Mummies, come in. I am asking you to please sign the pledge. I am PROUDLY sporting the pledge banner on the blog, where I hope it reminds me and everyone just how IMPORTANT it is to support each other in a non judgmental way. Now of course I would never lead you astray.... So here are the important facts about this pledge:

Take the pledge to agree to stand together for breastfeeding success and to support all mamas who desire to breastfeed, no matter what technique, position, frequency, equipment, duration or organization she chooses.

 I PLEDGE to use my energy to help defuse dogmatic battles about what technique, position, frequency, equipment, duration or organization a woman chooses for breastfeeding. I affirm that my time is best spent directing my positive, encouraging support toward helping mamas successfully breastfeed.

• I PLEDGE to keep my ego in check, while treating other breastfeeding boosters, lactation facilitators, breastfeeding organizations, and mothers respectfully, knowing that we're all working toward the common goal of providing breast milk for babies. I also welcome respectful disagreement with my own opinions and accept that disruptive disagreement is counter to the goal of helping mamas feed their babies.

• I PLEDGE to agree that there are many right ways to breastfeed a baby. A breastfeeding mother should not feel pressure or judgment to perform a specific way. There isn't a "wrong way" as long as the breast milk is flowin' and the baby is growin'.

By displaying the Support with Integrity badge and signing the pledge, I agree to hold hands and help mamas get what they need to make breastfeeding work for them, no matter how they choose to do it. If a mama and baby are making it work, I'll stand and cheer them on from the sidelines.

So what say you? Will you sign the pledge? Will you do it for me, you, and every Mummie out there? Will you raise your hand and say "I support you!" Will you cheer Mummies on like it they just won the Breastfeeding Super Bowl? If yes... please come back and comment. I would be so honored knowing how many Mummies have signed the pledge!


1 comment:

  1. Ohhh what a time for me to be taking a break from fb! I'm so glad I looked your blog up..Mummie you wrote exactly what I needed to hear at this very moment! I've been missing the group and the support there, and right now I'm trying to support a new mummie with her new nummie lover.. but it's not looking so good. I felt like she thought I was going to judge her for not bf'ing. It is a very tough thing to be so passionate for something and to keep a balance and not judge. Because all I want to do is inform and support! Because really that is all we can do. So, with that being said I signed the pledge and am thankful for it!


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