CBS news did a segment on “The Challenges of Breastfeeding” recently that breastfeeding advocates around the country are applauding. Now Best for Babes is challenging others to help spread the video and thank CBS.
The Health and Wellness piece features lactation consultant Freda Rosenfeld answering common questions about breastfeeding problems such as flat nipples, cracked nipples and mastitis. Viewers also see breastfeeding in action and hear about the interviewer’s own struggles and eventual success with breastfeeding her own babies.
Best for Babes, a nonprofit group that aims “to give breastfeeding a makeover” is pleased with the video and issued a challenge for breastfeeding advocates to help thank CBS and encourage them to put out more breastfeeding-friendly information.
Bettina of Best for Babes says:
…I fear that this video clip will not spread like wildfire throughout the ‘net and blogosphere. Let’s face it, media coverage or blogs that stir up the mommy wars and send everyone into a tweeting, commenting, posting, judging frenzy generate a lot more hits and a lot more attention than an informative, positive, supportive view of breastfeeding. But how can we encourage huge media outlets like CBS to get awesome messages about breastfeeding under the nose (literally) of the mainstream public if we only focus on the negative? Just like in parenting, we need to provide MORE positive reinforcement. So I am issuing a challenge to you:
Please write CBS and tell them how much you appreciate the fantastic video and what a great service they provided for mothers and babies. Then come back and comment that you did it; then tweet it and facebook it! I bet we can get 100 people to send them a letter. If enough of us flood them with gratitude for this feature, maybe other media outlets will follow suit.
Click the video below to view the piece. You can comment at the Best for Babes challenge and report your letters here.
In the Mankato area, you can get breastfeeding support and information from the La Leche League of Mankato and St. Peter. A support group also meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM at ISJ Hospital Room #0308. Toddler Meetings are also held monthly.