This event will feature stories created locally in the Seattle area. See stories and meet storymakers from Sea Mar Community Clinics, Native People for Cancer Control, Reel Grrls, and Bridges to Understanding. All stories are produced by media novices who use their stories to promote a range of community issues. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am an educator working at University of Washington Bothell. I am also a mother of fraternal twin boys, Maks and Sam. I made the video I've uploaded to help other women who like myself may have trouble breastfeeding their kids. Many of us balance childrearing and paid work, and may find this creates a conflict in the early months and years with successful breastfeeding. I've watched a lot of women give up the struggle because the message we hear about breastfeeding is that you should do it exclusively. While this is the best for your child, it may not be achievable by the mother. I am afraid the breast is best message has led many women to feel that when they cannot do the very best, that they fail their children. They struggle, and give up. I think there is another path. We should recognize that for many women, for many reasons, providing partial breastmilk is what they can achieve -- and that this is a terrific goal, better than not breastfeeding at all. Such women need encouragement to do as much as they can, and to know that anything they can do COUNTS.