World Breastfeeding Week 2021: August 1-7
Indigenous Breastfeeding Week: August 8-14
Learn More: Indigenous Milk Medicine Collective
Asian American, Native Hawaiian, & Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Week (AANHPI): August 15-21
Black Breastfeeding Week: August 25-31
Learn More: Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association
We have an annual celebration in honor of breastfeeding week. We rent a pavilion at the Potawatomi Zoo and host around 100 people from all over the community to come celebrate breastfeeding. Food, chat, photos, door prizes, and other fun activities are set up for all to enjoy. Here is where we announce and award our winners for the beautiful baby contest that helps raise money to continue supporting our local community.
We got to blow this tradition up to a much larger scale! AND WE COULDN’T BE ANY MORE EXCITED!!! This year, we hosted our celebration at the Four Winds Field where our minor league South Bend Cubs play. We had vendors from all over come and table. We had inflatable slides and bounce houses, a splash pad, food, face painting, music, door prizes, and so much more. We still had our beautiful baby contest, which was held virtually this year. What was most exciting was the fact that we got to celebrate with over 500 people. Let me repeat that. 500 PEOPLE! I know that number might seem small to some, but it’s exciting for us. We got to reach out, raise awareness, and celebrate with all these wonderful people, while having fun and making memories.
We also got to give our Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community Designation a big kick start by getting our proclamation signed! I will discuss that more in our next blog post, stay tuned!
“Breastfeeding isn’t always easy, but it’s always worth it. There is never any shame asking for help. It takes a village to raise children, support mothers, and empower families. ”-Maryah Boozer, CLS & PC
We truly couldn’t have made this happen without ALL the wonderful help. Our vendors, sponsors, volunteers, partnerships, and of course…our COMMUNITY! Community is so vital to any cause. Without community, we couldn’t progress and share the importance of meaningful topics. Our community screamed for breastfeeding support and we are LISTENING! We are HERE for YOU!