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!Read More
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 AssociationRead More
As part of our Breastfeeding Family Friendly Community Designation, we have put a major focus on providing South Bend, IN with more opportunities to nurse in public, both publicly and privately (if desired). We did some surveying and found that our local stadium for the South Bend Cubs didn’t have a designated nursing/pumping space for mom’s and babies. Of course, Indiana has supportive laws in place for women to breastfeed in public, but sometimes, mom’s and babies want some extra privacy…especially with those who are easily distracted. So, with a lot of communication between Indiana Wic and the South Bend Cubs, as well as a lot of research, we came up with the Mamava Pod partnership!Read More
Objectives of Designation:
-There are four cities currently with the BFFC Designation: Carrboro, NC/ Chapel Hill, NC/ Durham, NCRead More