Get ready for flash mobs, nurse-ins, and lots of breastfeeding talk. Next week, Aug. 1-7, is World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), and advocates around the world have scheduled tons of events to promote breastfeeding and to support nursing mothers.
More than 170 countries worldwide will be celebrating the 19th annual celebration of WBW with picnics, nurse-ins, movies, and other events that celebrate and inform others about breastfeeding. The theme of this year's WBW event is “Talk to Me! Breastfeeding – a 3-D Experience.”
A quick look at the schedule of events shows lots of exciting stuff for breastfeeding mothers and advocates. In Canton, Ill., there will be a free swimming party at the Canton Big Creek Pool for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have breastfed; Berkeley, Calif., moms are hosting a Cake and Conversation event as an informal celebration of breastfeeding; and there will be a WBW potluck picnic in Harrisonburg, Va., where families can relax, play, and talk about breastfeeding issues and questions.
The big event for WBW is called The Big Latch On. Held on Saturday, Aug. 6, this event will be held in locations worldwide as breastfeeding mothers attempt to break the records for the largest number of women simultaneously breastfeeding around the world. For a full listing of WBW events around the country, check out La Leche League's World Breastfeeding Week website.