I participated in a Blog Blast on behalf of Mom Central for Urbini. I received information from Urbini to facilitate my post as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
August is national breastfeeding month in the United States. Did you know that only sixty percent of American women breastfeed their babies? I didn’t, until I checked out an article on Urbini’s website Mom Voyáge and learned that the domestic statistic pales in comparison to, say, Scandinavian countries where the rate exceeds ninety percent. In fact, most of the countries profiled have higher breastfeeding rates than the U.S.
As a mother of an almost one year old nursling, I have found it beneficial to surround myself with other mothers. In absence of hyper-local family or an actual tribal village, I’ve had to create my own in order to wade through the trials and tribulations of new parenthood. I found part of my village at a breastfeeding support group hosted by a local north Dallas area cloth diaper store, The Nappy Shoppe. There, crunchy moms gather to swap tales and offer advice on the uses of coconut oil, baby wearing, family cloth, and other topics that were previously way off my radar.
I recently participated in a #boobolution celebration at the Nappy Shoppe, in honor of Breastfeeding Awareness Month. The event sought to #NormalizeBreastfeeding and #FreeTheNipple in an effort to remove the social stigma that has likely been a root cause of the dipping rates of breastfeeding in America. Surrounded by nursing mothers, I found myself grateful for my contrived village and the collective wisdom it provides.
In the absence of a local network, and in fact, in addition to it, virtual communities allow parents to reach out and understand how other parents parent. Babies don’t come with instruction manuals, so advice and differing perspectives from those who’ve gone before you can make all the difference. You never know which one tidbit will finally get you past that one parenting hurdle. Mom Voyáge is a one of those virtual communities – a global network of mom bloggers who share the ways pregnancy and parenting differ around the world, featuring topics ranging from pregnancy and childbirth to baby names and maternity leave. In celebrating these differences, Urbini’s site allows new moms to feel connected to the global parenting community and learn from a world of wisdom.