This week is World Breastfeeding Week and The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is celebrating 25 years of protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding worldwide. To celebrate, the Breastfeeding Collaborative of Dufferin & East Wellington hosted a Breastfeeding Picnic at Rotary Park in Orangeville on Wednesday, August 3rd. It was a huge hit with over 60 mothers, children and nurslings attending! A very big thank you to Orangeville Zehrs Market for donating the (delicious) cake and juicy watermelon, Country 105 for the surprise ticket giveaways to this weekend’s Heritage Music Festival in Shelburne, and 101.5myFM, The Orangeville Banner and Snapd Dufferin for promoting and reporting on the event – look for pictures of us and the event in their upcoming publications. Thank you as well to the Ontario Early Years – Dufferin for setting up a number of activities for the children, and to Wellington-Duffering-Guelph Public Health for the pavilion rental. All in all it was a wonderful day for a picnic and a great cause. We personally were delighted to see many of our Coffee Tea Mom & Me regulars out as well as meeting new families from the community.
For years as doulas, Carol Anne and I have supported our breastfeeding clients through baby’s first latch, those difficult first weeks, breastfeeding challenges and triumphs, and even through weaning. In the spring we launched our official Breastfeeding Basics class open to anyone expecting a baby and interested in learning more about breastfeeding, how to breastfeed, and how to overcome common breastfeeding challenges.
Also this spring, Carol Anne introduced me to a fantastic group of kick-ass ladies that form The Breastfeeding Collaborative of Dufferin & East Wellington (DEW) and I joined their ranks in serving Orangeville, Headwater Hills, Dufferin, and East Wellington County in working towards creating healthy, happy, breastfeeding communities.
While at times it has felt like my life is “boobs, boobs everywhere!”, yesterday proved to be one of those days that reminds me why I do what I do.