Talk to your health care provider about your commitment to breastfeeding.
9. Continue to breastfeed after returning to work, by pumping
milk while at work if necessary.
8. Offer words of support and encouragement to any breastfeeding
mothers you may encounter, even if she's a stranger in the park.
7. Send letters to politicians, urging them to support
breastfeeding-related legislation; to local schools, advocating
that breastfeeding be included in health, biology and sex education
curricula; and to media representatives, encouraging them to portray
breastfeeding. Join letter writing campaigns (ProMoM has ideas,
addresses and sample letters ).
6. Be knowledgeable about breastfeeding and inform others
about its benefits. Mention the AAP guidelines, which recommend
breastfeeding until at least 12 months.
5. Give breastfeeding-related books, clothing and other
items as shower and new-mom gifts.
4. Join breastfeeding support, advocacy and networking
organizations and groups... including ProMoM, of course!
3. Be positive and enthusiastic about breastfeeding. When
people compliment your baby, tell them that s/he is breastfed.
2. Wear a gold ribbon in a double loop to signify that
breastfeeding is the gold standard in infant nutrition, and that
it benefits both mother and child.
1. Breastfeed in public -- a lot!