Milk Mates is the newest Breastfeeding World project! Conceptualized by a local Central Indiana mom; it’s geared towards supporting new breastfeeding mothers. Breastfeeding World began as a photography project– its goal to normalize breastfeeding by showcasing the beauty of the bond between mother and child. From there, we have grown. From our Coast to Coast Big Latch On events, to our amazing team of volunteer bloggers, to our Social Media Outreaches and Giveaways- our goal is to support mothers, where they are. We aim always to “Share the Breastfeeding Love.” Which is now why we are so excited to announce the pilot of our newest project- Milk Mates. Milk Mates is a big sister, little sister style support program. Beginning in Central Indiana, Milk mates will help new or struggling mothers who want to meet their nursing goals but need more support.

Introducing Breastfeeding World's "Milk Mates" Program- a Big Sister, Little Sister style program that pairs struggling or new mothers with experienced moms who have "been there", it's pilot program is being launched in Central Indiana. Find out more by clicking the link!

The Struggle is Real

Recently, an Indianapolis new station, Wish-TV 8, did a story on the breastfeeding rates in Indiana. The findings were surprising. The article states that while the numbers of infants exclusively breastfed by 6 month is low across the country (22.6%), in Indiana, the number is only 16%. (Find out more about the national and state averages on the 2016 CDC breastfeeding report card, here.)

It begs a question. When 81% of infant’s are born with the parents intending to breastfeed, why is it that only 22% (or 16% in Indiana’s case) are still going strong at 6 months of age?

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Hundreds of Women Gather in Unity to celebrate motherhood and breastfeeding with Breastfeeding World's Central Indiana 2017 Big Latch On

 

There are many factors at play. Whether the rates are low due to proper support in the hospitals, educated lactation care, mothers returning to work, relying on a pump, societal pressures- it all comes down to one simple answer.

Lack of support.

The Concept is Simple

Our team at Breastfeeding World stewed over how we can help these rates. As a Breastfeeding project geared towards mother support, normalizing breastfeeding, and “Sharing the Breastfeeding Love”, we figured that the best thing we could do is to create an emotional support system for mothers who want to meet those breastfeeding goals.

And so, Milk Mates was born.

The idea behind the Milk Mates Project is simple. Pair an experienced mom (who has nursed 1 or more children for 6 months or more) with a new or struggling nursing mother or pregnant mom, in a “Big Sister, Little Sister” type of format. Our hope is that with more emotional support, mothers will feel more inspired to reach their goals. At minimum the Milk Mates program is an excellent way to connect like-minded women in the community. Motherhood is lonely! Milk Mates can be a solution, particularly for women who feel they don’t have the proper support in their personal environment.

Introducing Milk Mates, a new Breastfeeding Support System to help mothers reach thier breastfeeddign goals, designed by Breastfeeding World.

 

What Milk Mates is NOT:

Milk Mates is not designed as a substitute for seeking help from a trained medical professional. For lactation-specific questions, Breastfeeding World always recommends seeking help through a local IBCLC or Breastfeeding USA counselor. You can find a working list of Central Indiana lactation counselors, support groups, and IBCLC’s in our Facebook Files.

Interested in Joining Breastfeeding World’s Milk Mate’s Project, Central Indiana?

Find out more details here.

Register to be a “Milk Mate Mentor” or “Milk Mate Sister” here

And don’t forget, Central Indiana Moms; keep up with the latest breastfeeding news in our community by joining our Facebook Group. Central Indiana’s Breastfeeding World.

Be sure to join us in our social media accounts and be up to date with the progress of our project!
And… Don’t forget to share your brelfies using our hashtag
#BreastfeedingWorld #LatchingwithLove2017

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Lauren Lewis

Early Childcare Educator at Lauren's Little Ones
Lauren Lewis is no stranger to childcare development, having spent over 10 years as a nanny or family childcare provider. She's the wife of a travel geek, mother of two vivacious children, and has an amazing talent for trailing lost things behind her a la Hansel and Gretel.Her passion for lifting up women and advocating for children pours out in her work as a Central Indiana Event Coordinator, Writer, and Social Media Relations Director for Breastfeeding World.Her life is full of busy, crazy and LOUD. It is full of love and hope, ups and downs. And coffee, always lots of coffee- but she wouldn't have it any other way.
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1 Comment on The Motherhood Support System You Were Looking For Is Here- The Milk Mates Project

  1. Jennifer
    September 14, 2017 at 12:49 AM (1 week ago)

    Milk Mates is such an amazing project and I completely agree that one of the most effective ways to increase the rates of breastfeeding mothers is to create a solid support system. Countless studies have shown that mothers will breastfeed for longer if they feel they are supported by their family, friends and even the community (breastfeeding in public can be very daunting particularly when there is such a heavily negative stigma attached). I think the other component to encourage breastfeeding is to make sure that everyone, not just mothers, is educated about the benefits of breastfeeding and why it’s so important. That’s why I wrote this blog post – I hope you’ll check it out and keep up the good work! https://breastfeedingforabetterfuture.wordpress.com/2017/09/10/breastfeeding-for-a-better-future-2/

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