My vision for Breastfeeding: Solidarity, Power, Joy, and Love
[Did you know it's #WorldBreastfeedingWeek? I'm marking the occasion by sharing my own vision for breastfeeding!]
I see a world in which women are valued for the contributions they make to society, and their health is valued for its impact on our greater humanity.
In this world:
All parents can earn money for their families AND breastfeed their babies — because they have time, support and useful products.
Healthcare providers listen to women’s needs, act proactively on their requests, and empower them to confidently seek and direct their care.
Women are the ones making decisions about funding innovative products, services, and programs that truly reflect their diverse bodies, behaviors, experiences, and needs.
People of different races, economic backgrounds, and sexual orientations see the commonalities in their shared solidarity and activate the power in those cross-cultural bonds to demand more from legislators, employers, technologists and health systems. White, cis-gender women recognize the privileges that allow them better birth and breastfeeding outcomes, and we take actions in solidarity with women of color and other impacted parents to raise the bar for all babies and parents. We see in other people's children the chubby cheeks, sparkling eyes, and clever brains of our very own little ones – and act to protect their health just as we protect the health of our own children.
Irreverent, cross-disciplinary, future-anchored creatives, artists, engineers, philanthropists, elected officials, and parents all work with a sense of humor, a bit of quirk, a dose of passion, and clear-eyed purpose around intersectional and open solutions to the complex health challenges women face.
In addition to better breast pumps, research, design and policy interventions are legitimized as important areas of breastfeeding innovation.
Our society takes a women-led, equity-focused, design-driven, cross-disciplinary, feminist, intersectional, irreverent, modern, and open approach to transforming women’s health.
Coming up from August 25-31 is Black Breastfeeding Week. Want to learn more about why it's important? Here are 5 reasons from Kimberly Seals Allers and the team at Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association. They're taking donations for a mini-grant program to support local groups here.
Happy feeding to all parents and babies!