World Breastfeeding Week 2018

How are You Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2018?

It’s day 7 of World Breastfeeding Week 2018.  WBW runs from 1st to 7th August every year and the Theme this year is

BREASTFEEDING: Foundation of Life

How did you celebrate World Breastfeeding Week? And how do you see breastfeeding as the foundation of life?  Celebrate with us at happyhumanpacifier.com #WorldBreastfeedingWeek2018Go to worldbreastfeedingweek.org for more info.

Aah, I love this year’s Theme. Breastfeeding was definitely the foundation of life for my son.

Benjamin is nearly 5 now and although he let go of nursing naturally just before he turned 4, he still talks about it fondly and shows great interest when he sees other babies being breastfed. We still co-sleep.

He started baby led weaning at 6 months but didn’t really show an interest in food until he was about 11 months-old but breast milk remained his staple diet until he was at least 18-months-old.

My son has never been so ill he needed to be hospitalised.  He seldom gets sick and when he does he’s generally able to carry on as normal and recovers far quicker than the rest of the family.  Interestingly, he refuses antibiotics and will only take homoeopathic medicine.

He is a healthy, happy, bright boy and I have never regretted one minute of the many hours I dedicated to nursing him. These were some of the most precious times of my life and also formed the foundation for the wonderful, close relationship we enjoy.

Find our previous WBW posts here:

World Breastfeeding Week 2016

World Breastfeeding Week 2017

Meet Inspirational Breastfeeding Moms

On this site, you’ll find interviews with Nursing Moms who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to nurse their little ones and openly share their trials, tribulations and tips.

Low Milk Supply and Pumping

Rina of LivingwithLowMilkSupply and Heather aka ThePumpingMommy share their personal experience and best Pumping tips.

Exclusive Breast Pumping Tips

An Exclusive Interview with the Pumping Mommy

Donating Breast Milk

Ashley Clifford learned how to increase her milk supply with her second baby and was so successful she was able to donate milk to babies in need.

Human Milk for Human Babies

Breastfeeding Premature Twins

Melinda Ferreira discovered how difficult it was to breastfeed in NICU when her twins were born at 32 weeks and gives sage advice for Moms going through the same experience.

Inducing Lactation to Breastfeed Adopted Babies

Louise shares her powerful story of inducing lactation in order to nurse her adopted baby from the age of 3 months.

Considering Adopting and Nursing? Read On…

Another adoptive mother conveys the incredible beauty when her adopted son crawled up to her breasts and latched 25 minutes after being born.

Breastfeeding My Adopted Child – A Mother’s Touching Story

Tandem Nursing

Kelly Urban describes how important (yet painful) it was to nurse her daughter throughout her pregnancy with her son and tandem nurse a toddler and a baby.

Tandem Breastfeeding a Toddler and a Baby – Kelly Urban’s Beautiful Story

Extended Breastfeeding

Dr. Ilana Joubert explains why it was so important to breastfeed each of her 3 girls for over 2 years and give us 21 rock solid reasons to breastfeed.

21 Rock Solid Reasons Our Family Doctor is Passionately Pro Breastfeeding

I  share my one breastfeeding regret as well as the pros and cons of breastfeeding a toddler.

My One Breastfeeding Regret

Would you consider nursing a toddler?

Do you have a breastfeeding story you’d like to share?

I had great plans for World Breastfeeding Week 2018.  About a month ago I decided to host a Content Contest on Happy Human Pacifier and offer cash prizes for the freshest original articles written about this year’s WBW Theme.  ($100 for the first prize, $75 for the 2nd prize and $50 for the 3rd prize).

I was excited,  I had a whole month to plan and get the word out.  Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, I never managed to follow through on my plans (this year) so I’ve had to shelve them for next year.

If you’re interested in entering the contest next year, please let me know in the comments below.

WBW 2018 Magazine on Flipboard

However, I have managed to do what I’ve done every year since I started this website in 2016: collate a number of articles from around the web into a Magazine on Flipboard.   I’ll keep adding to this magazine as I find interesting and relevant posts.

You can find it here:

View my Flipboard Magazine.

WBW 2016 and 2017 articles can be found in this magazine:

View my Flipboard Magazine.

How do you see Breastfeeding as the Foundation of Life?

I invite you to share your own experience in the comments below.

5 Replies to “World Breastfeeding Week 2018”

  1. FrugalTravelsNepal

    So much information on your site. I breastfed all three of my children for 6 months. It made the middle of the night feedings so easy and I lost all my weight and I could still have a bowl of ice cream without feeling guilty.
    This was a gift to my children and a gift to myself. I read that breastfeeding reduces breast cancer. I enjoyed every extra calarie I had to eat and then later I didn’t have time to think about eating; I had 3 in a row.
    Really nice to be reminded of that time of my life with a baby to my breast.
    I appreciate the work that you all are doing. It’s such an important thing. Now I live in Nepal and breastfeeding is the norm. Just lovely to see a woman stop to feed her baby. As conservative as Nepal is, no one ever says anything against seeing a woman with a baby nursing. It’s just normal. I wish that was the way it was in the US. Is it getting better or do people still freak out like it’s Janet Jackson’s nipple?

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    • Lauren Kinghorn Post author

      Aw, Thanks for sharing your beautiful memories. How exciting to be living in Nepal… Wow. And wonderful that breastfeeding is treated so naturally there because of course it is the most natural thing in the world. 

      I don’t live in the US, so I can’t comment on how breastfeeding is perceived over there. However, here in South Africa, sadly, not enough Moms are openly nursing and its not treated as the obvious, natural thing to do. As a result, breastfeeding stats are very low. Only 8% breastfeed exclusively for 6 months. 

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  2. Timothy

    Hello Laurenjean,

    Very inspiring article! I knew about the medical benefits from breastfeeding, however being a male i will never know how the connection between mom and baby grows from that process. There is a connection that is made and becomes very personal for both. I have your site to thank for that information. I learned a great deal from your article and i read further than I thought I would at first. The links and stories from other mothers is amazing and they fit right into the article like it belongs there, great job!
    the videos are equally an amazing learning experience for me to learn more. Thank you
    keep up the amazing work!!

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  3. Sherry

    Hello Lauren, this was a beautiful post. I love the way you brought in other people’s experiences as well. All of your links were connected and I love the way you set up the whole video and interviews with other women on this subject.
    My Daughter was 1 lb 10 oz at birth and I was not able to breastfeed her. The hospital was still able to give her breast milk that was donated by other mom’s so I am very grateful for that. Thank you for sharing your post.

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    • Lauren Kinghorn Post author

      Hi Sherry, oh wonderful to hear that you were the recipient of breast milk when you needed it most. Were you able to breastfeed your daughter once she was out of NICU?

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