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Are You a Lactivist? #Breastfeeding

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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?

I Can Breastfeed Anywhere and so Can You!
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