If you perused one of our earliest blog posts, you may have stumbled on the Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community (BFFC) Designation post: BFFC Designation. In the blog post, there was a mentioning of getting a proclamation signed by the mayor to add extra support in making your local community more breastfeeding friendly. Well, in exciting news, I am here to share with you that we received our mayors support and a signed proclamation!
I’m not going to lie, we had put a lot of our BFFC aspirations on pause because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting a BFFC Designation takes a lot of footwork and personal connections, which understandably, has been limited. But, with our local mandates lifting and our COVID numbers decreasing, we started making small jumps towards rebooting our drive to get our BFFC Designation.
We knew that we wanted to celebrate Breastfeeding Month with our community this year, especially since we finally got our pod in place. So, we thought that it would only be fitting to have our proclamation complete for our event, to really cement our breastfeeding love in one big communal celebration!
Now, I know, some people might think this isn’t that cool or innovative or inspiring or whatever else. But, to our community it is highly impactful. We have heard countless stories of families being kicked out, scolded, embarrassed, and so much more, for simply breastfeeding their child in a public space. Indiana has laws in place to support breastfeeding moms, but these can be quickly overlooked because no one tries to hold them accountable and everyone is entitled to their opinion. Sometimes those opinions can overshadow another’s and that is where this designation and proclamation comes in! With this in place, it gives families a voice, a support system, a confidante, and most importantly, a safe space to ask for help holding those negative views accountable.
Changes don’t happen suddenly, they happen in small increments and grow. This “small” change will be “huge” one day, and I have the feeling, it will be sooner rather than later. Thank you to our community. Thank you to our mayor. Thank you for the never ending support. We got this!