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World Breastfeeding Week: A Shared Responsibility

World Breastfeeding Week is a global call to action to raise awareness of the benefits of nursing for babies, as well as supporting and uplifting issues around breastfeeding. 

World Breastfeeding Week is the first week of August each year, the theme for 2021 is focusing on Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility. Breastfeeding is a public health issue that faces far too much stigmatization. It’s a women’s right to breastfeed - whether you are out in public, in a restaurant, or in your own space. 

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“As a new mother, I went on my first business trip to present my maternity wear collection after delivery of my first born. I planned to keep up my milk supply by pumping between appointments. I was so disheartened when I got there to be told that I had to pump in the public washroom when I was perfectly comfortable pumping in the showroom kitchenette. It felt so weird to pump milk in a bathroom stall, but it was made clear to me that was my only choice.

I ended up feeling so stressed out that I wasn’t able to pump at all. When I returned home, I quit breastfeeding. My first born is now 25 years old, and women still face the same level of stigma in public spaces, it’s so wrong. I am so passionate about women having the right to feed their babies, in whichever way is best for them and their child, without obstacles.” - Pat, Owner of CARRY

Breastfeeding Affirmations

There are endless demands in a mother’s schedule, which means that women may not always receive the level of support they need to breastfeed their babies on an ongoing basis. The level of expectation women face early in motherhood can make women feel like breastfeeding isn't an accessible option to them. 

Breastfeeding Week aims to raise awareness of the health and benefits of breastfeeding for children - aiming to support a mother’s right to breastfeed as much and for as long as they want to. 

At CARRY, it's our mission to support you through all aspects of pregnancy and motherhood, let's celebrate everything women are capable of by commenting your pregnancy & nursing triumphs, struggles, and revelations. 

Xoxo ,

Pat & Kat

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