5 Reasons 2016 was “The Year of the Brelfie” & New Year’s Eve Giveaway

5 Reasons 2016 was “The Year of the Brelfie” & New Year’s Eve Giveaway

ENTER OUR NYE GIVEAWAY BELOW

2016 has been a difficult year to push through. Last year we held a giveaway to bless a special mom out there with breast milk jewelry to honor her journey. I would have liked to do more with this project during this past year, even still I can see that the fruits of my labor of love for this community are beginning to blossom. It is really amazing to witness the change in our society after all of the hard work and sacrifice of so many mothers over that past few years.

To help you all bring in the new year 2017 we are inviting you to our online giveaway {BELOW} to win some amazing products donated to our project.  These amazing brands have collaborated with us to promote the Normalize Breastfeeding TourYou have the opportunity to WIN several AWESOME items tonight:

  1. Original Tree of Life Breast Milk Jewelry Pendent from Indigo Willow
  2. PumpEase Hands-Free Pumping Bra by Snugabell
  3. Sakura Bloom Sling
  4. Earth Mama Angel Baby Organic Lotion
  5. Normalize Breastfeeding Ladies V-Neck Tshirt


BUT FIRST, let me share a #brelfie
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In 2016, normalizing breastfeeding was taken to a whole new level, in all of the best ways that you could ever imagine.

1. ALYSSA MILANO SHUTS DOWN WENDY WILLIAMS
Alyssa Milano was confronted by Wendy Williams about “oversharing” on social media. Milano’s response? She said she would “whip ’em out” to breastfeed on Wendy’s show!

We responded with a worldwide Virtual Nurse In for Alyssa Milano in support of her stance after Tamara Leigh Perry wrote this open letter to Wendy Williams: 

2. FACEBOOK WAS HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR NOT UPHOLDING ITS OWN POLICY
Adrienne Griffin started a Petition to Facebook to end harassment toward moms sharing brelfies after 22 of her photos were reported by anonymous trolls.

3. CELEBS ARE DOWN FOR THE CAUSE
Here are 16 celebrities who proudly breastfeed and pump without a care in the world. VIA CELEBCHATTER


4. THE UNITED NATIONS PUBLICLY SUPPORTS BRELFIE SHARING
“A social media trend of mothers sharing “brelfies” – pictures of themselves breastfeeding – is a good way to break down any stigma about breastfeeding in public and spread the word about the importance of a mother’s milk, the United Nations said on Friday.

“It’s absolutely to be encouraged,” World Health Organization spokeswoman Fadela Chaib told a regular U.N. briefing in Geneva when asked about the brelfie fad.” VIA REUTERS


5. THE ANATOMY OF A BREASTFEEDING CHILD RESEMBLES #TREEOFLIFE

Mothers worldwide used the PicsArt mobile app to edit and share more than 500,000 brelfies in just a couple of weeks in mid December 2016. 

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Now for the NYE fun!

We want to thank ALL of our collaborators for helping us to complete 10 tour locations this year! This year alone we have normalized breastfeeding in Las Vegas, Washington, DC, Oklahoma City, Chicago, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Charlotte, NC!

SPONSORS:
Sarah Carp, 1st grade Teacher (3)
Kristyna Cleek, Studying for IBLCE (1)
Greater New Orleans Breastfeeding Awareness Coalition (1)
Nurse Nikki, LLC (1)
The Badass Breastfeeder (2)
Human Milk News (1)
Laura Corsig, IBCLC (1)

PARTNERS:
Indigo Willow Breast Milk Jewelry & Keepsakes
Snugabell Mom & Baby Gear

DONORS:
Bessie’s Best Lactation Cookies
Boob & Baby
Anchois Coffee Co.
Sakura Bloom
BooneOakley Breastfeeding Stickers
Earth Mama Angel Baby
SnugaBell: Mom & Baby Gear

PROMOTERS:
Lettering Express
Breastfeeding in Combat Boots
Mom2Mom Global: Military Support Group
Breastfeeding Mama Talk
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21 thoughts on “5 Reasons 2016 was “The Year of the Brelfie” & New Year’s Eve Giveaway

  1. I’m currently breastfeeding my 20 month old son. His older brother is 3.5. I have been nursing and/or pregnant for over 4 years! I am an out and proud nurser and have never had any problems. I’m lucky!

  2. Shana Krings

    I love this movement and all it stands for. It is so important for women to have the support and courage they need to breastfeed anywhere and at any time!

  3. Esther Pelletier

    My breastfeeding journey started in 2013 but not how I expected. I had a preemie (34 weeker) who was taken straight to the nicu. A kind nurse expressed my colostrum for me while I cried. I then pumped every 2 hours around the clock and the nurses would tune or syringe feed my son. I was told they would probably supplement because there was no way I would make enough milk as the body isn’t always ready that early. I simply told them no. I would have enough. And I did! More than enough actually. After a few days I was able to try breastfeeding. After 2 weeks of breast, syringe and bottles of pumped milk we were discharged where I didtcjed the bottles and stuck to strictly breastfeeding. We continued until 22 months when he self weaned and I was in my last few weeks of my second pregnancy. I then welcomed another who I am still breastfeeding (even at the moment at 20 months) with no plans of stopping any time soon! We’ve had our issues with cracks, chronic blocked ducts, poor latches, and mastitis but I wouldn’t trade any of it for the magical bond that is breastfeeding!

  4. Emalee Hasek

    Breastfeeding has always been a challenge for us. My daughter was born with Gastroschisis and couldn’t eat for almost the 2 first weeks of life. (She had a central line and specific nutrition given to her through the iv) I pumped every day, around the clock, to make sure my milk came in and that she had enough.(we went home with our suitcase filed of frozen breastmilk!) The first colostrum she had was on a sponge that we rubbed on her gums. The first time she drank milk was from a bottle. Then it rotated between breast and bottle so we could mpnitor her intake. But it was my milk! By the time we left at week 4 (when we were told to expect to be there closer to 3 months!!) She was exclusively on the breast! Every day she got better at latching and nursing. She waneed to nurse and I wanted to nurse her! Our breastfeeding journey ended the day after her first birthday. I was so sick (pregnant with #2) and she was self weaning. I was sad to stop but she had decided it was time. I will always hold our breastfeeding journey close to my heart.
    My son was born almost 5 months ago and our journey was different and trying in its own ways. I had never fed new-new born, and felt very lost. He kept curling in his lips (which I didn’t catch) which caused a serious latch issue and resulted in very cracked and painful nipples. Not to mention he got thrush when he was 2 weeks old! But we didn’t give up!! We pumped the injured side while nursing on the healed, we saw breastfeeding counselors and LCs, we tried everything. After 3 months of hard work, tears, pain and worry I was finally completely healed and now our breastfeeding relationship at almost 5 months is blossoming! And I will continue to feed him as long as he wants!
    I love breastfeeding and I love the bond I get to have with each child as we go through our unique challenges and experiences together.

  5. I dream of a breastmilk keepsake! Breastfeeding was hard work for me and I’m so proud of myself.

  6. Crystal Weil

    I’m currently breastfeeding my second child! She is 17 months old! I breastfed my first until he was 14 months. Unfortunately I had developed a horrible case of nursing aversion, and I didn’t know what it was until I had weaned my son, otherwise I would have tried to find coping methods. Thankfully he was pretty much ready to wean anyways, so it was not a traumatic experience for him. Though, I felt like a horrible mother until I realized what was actually going on. My daughter was a surprise pregnancy so I did not know I was pregnant, and that was why I had the aversion!
    Now, I am happily breastfeeding my daughter. She latched on right away when she was born and she hasn’t stopped since! She still nurses a million times a night and quite a few times during the day. I don’t see us quitting this gig anytime soon!

  7. Lacey Fitzgerald

    When I was pregnant with my first daughter everyone would always ask me if I was going to breastfeed or use formula. I hadn’t even given it a thought. Honestly it was the last thing on my mind. When she was finally born I had decided to breastfeed her but she was taken to the nursery and we didn’t get the chance to try until 8 hours later.

    Sitting in that hospital bed with my newborn baby at my breast, getting ready to latch made me so nervous. Just as I was going to get the formula out of her bassinet drawer something in me clicked and I decided right then to latch her on. It took some time but here we are 2 years later, tandem feeding with her 2 month old sister.

    It’s one of the hardest things I’ve done since becoming a mother. But also one of the most rewarding. Knowing that I’m the one that’s sustained her life with my body and made her feel safe. It’s a very rewarding feeling.

    I know our time nursing is coming to end though. I feel myself getting touched out and aggravated whenever she asks too much. Which seems like everytime her sister nurses. And I don’t want our breastfeeding story to end on a bad note. I’d like to look back and feel nothing but joy about it. But until we figure that out, we’ll keep on keeping on. Nurse on mamas!

  8. Currently breastfeeding my 7th baby. So glad to be a part of the movement to help normalize breastfeeding again.

  9. I use my milk for the whole family. I give my 2 year old milk baths and make my own lotions to help with her eczema. I use it for cold sores, nasal spray, red and itchy eyes. I have proudly nursed three healthy babies but i couldn’t have done it without the support from my hubby so a shout out to him! I have truly been blessed to be surrounded by so much support.

  10. Currently breastfeeding my 2nd son, he’s 7 months old and I will be devastated the day he weans! My 1st son was 14 months when he self weaned, hoping this one keeps going a while longer! Both boys were naturals and took to it so easily (they were both almost 11lbs when born so I imagine they were hungry little nuggets). I’ve had comments made to me “you’re not going to go past a year are you?” or “when they can ask for a boob that means they’re too old” but I don’t care, I will provide comfort and nourishment for my boy as long as he wants.

  11. Kimberly Messina

    Thanks to all you AMAZING groups and advocates of breastfeeding women! I’m priveleged to be part of this movement! Can’t wait for the emoji, I would be dropping it right here! 💓👏👶

  12. Breastfeeding has been my life for so long but I love spending this quality time with my babies!!! I will be sad when it’s over(hopefully this baby and I can go at least to two years, she’s two months now). 💕💕

  13. BF for 16 months and no plans to stop till he self weans (and even then I may pump and give him human milk). Why would I stop BF to give my baby cow’s milk?????

  14. Stephanie Kelso

    I started breastfeeding my daughter in April 2014.
    It was sometimes hard, but always worth it. I became passionate about continuing our breastfeeding relationship until she was done and spreading the word about the wonders of breastfeeding to anoyone that would listen. I became pregnant with my son when my daughter was 18 months old and my new goal became nursing through pregnancy and tandem nursing if She wanted to continue.

    She did and we have just reached 5months of tandem nursing! They are so sweet together when they are sharing and it makes my heart melt. One of the best things I’ve ever done!

  15. Heather Leacy

    I’ve breastfed for the better part of 5 years. 🙂 3 babies till self-weaning (one current nursling). I prefer not to share my selfies, but I do treasure them. I don’t have qualms about nursing in public – just feel like that is more intimate of a moment than I want to share publicly (same with a lot of kissing photos of myself and my husband). Anyway. Such a gift. It’s definitely had some very painful and difficult points. I’m grateful to have found a lot of support and like minded mamma friends.

  16. I was only able to breastfeed my firstborn for a month after I medication I was given that was “safe while breastfeeding” dried my milk in 1 day. I was devastated. Fastforward 3 years and I am now going on 4 months of combination feeding my son. It has been a beautiful struggle but some breastmilk (as much as my body will make) is better than no breastmilk! I am trying my hardest to up my supply in hopes to EBF my baby boy. I know we can do it! Thank you for this movement. It means the world to so many amazing mothers.

  17. Becky Ginsburg

    We are going on 28 months breastfeeding. My son has been through some medical issues, and I’m so grateful for the extra comfort and nourishment I could provide.

  18. Kaitlynn Diaz-Pons

    Currently breastfeesing my 2nd baby. My breastfeeding journey was unfortunately cut short when i got pregnant when my son was only 4 months. We continued until he was 8 months when i stopped producing milk. He comfort nursed until he was a year. I moved in with some family members and let their comments about how great it was that he wasnt breastfeeding anymore (he didnt need to past 1 year in their eyes) get to me and i stopped. I had hoped to tandem nurse but hes no longer interested 🙁 i hope my breastfeeding journey with my daughter lasts a lot longer. I hope to get to at least 2 years with her. Thats our goal

  19. I have been breastfeeding for close to four years now!
    I’ve shared my brelfies on my Instagram account, and have had two moms contact me for support…no one talks about how hard it can be!
    I hope to continue to be a source of inspiration and support by sharing my #normalizebreastfeeding photos! It truly is a beautiful thing 🙂


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