Yesterday I managed to sneak in some Twitter time that was more than just lurking. I caught sight of a tweet by @Greek_Momma about how people need to see us nursing in public to normalize breastfeeding. Of course, I had to let her know I agree! She mentioned that she is a Lactivist (lactation activist) and I said I was an advocate of breastfeeding, but didn’t consider myself a true lactivist. I felt there was more I could/should be doing to support breastfeeding and further promote it.
But, as we talked, I realized that I was just dodging the label because I felt I didn’t deserve the label.
As with any cause, there is a range of passion from supporters. Breastfeeding is no different! If you do any of these things, you might be a lactivist too!
- Do you breastfeed?
- Do you breastfeed in public?
- Do you smile or otherwise positively acknowledge another nursing mother?
- Do you openly talk about breastfeeding?
- Do you tweet about breastfeeding?
- Do you blog about breastfeeding?
- Do you offer support and encouragement to others who are thinking about breastfeeding or are trying to breastfeed?
- Do you attend nurse ins or other public demonstrations in support of breastfeeding?
Please note, this is not official. However, according to Wikipedia’s definition of Lactivism seems in-line with my new view of it – it’s showing support and advocacy and that’s what I do… proudly!
I don’t do all of those things I listed above, but I do most of them. In reality, I do all but the last one. (I never know about these things around here, but I would consider going!) So as we chatted on Twitter, I realized I do more than I thought to show my support of breastfeeding. I felt like what I do was insignificant – but really – if I help one other mama …. that’s a beautiful thing.
So what about you? Are you a lactivist?