1st International Day to Normalize Breastfeeding Saturday, June 27, 2015 and Official Event Schedule


1st International Day to Normalize Breastfeeding
Saturday June 27, 2015

Official Event Schedule
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Hours are in PST, +3 Hours for EST

  • 5-6:30am PST LIVE Podcast: Initiating Breastfeeding w/ Immediate Skin to Skin, How Fathers Can Help, the New Mother’s Diet, & Back to Work: Breastfeeding, Pumping/Storing, and Donating Milk

  • 8:30-10am PST LIVE Podcast: Standing in Solidarity w/ Black Breastfeeding Families & Donor Milk: Conscious Milk Sharing & Milk Banking

  • 12:30-12:45pm PST Meetup Tour Launch Location Announcement

  • 2-2:30pm #idtNBF #Brelfie Contest on Instagram

  • 3-4pm #idtNBF #realtimeNIP Challenge
    • Make plans to nurse in public throughout the day. Take a pic and Post with the HT #realtimeNIP and describe your experience. We will repost to social media outlets.

  • 4-5pm LIVE Video Feed: San Diego Event Broadcasted by Mama Tribe Network

  • 8-9pm  LIVE Podcast: Breastfeeding in the Military Helping Active Duty Moms to Reach their Breastfeeding Goals

  • 9-10pm LIVE Podcast: Breastfeeding to Natural Term w/ Maha Al Musa in Australia

10-11pm LIVE Podcast: Breastfeeding Photography: Breastfeeding in Public, Censored from Advertising, Fine Art

Local Events

June 27 marks the 1st anniversary of a movement called Normalize Breastfeeding. Mother of 3, photographer, and founder, Vanessa Simmons, began photographing breastfeeding mothers, specifically, and establishing an intricate international breastfeeding support system in June of last year to accomplish her mission: to document diverse variations of normal breastfeeding, by normalizing the many methods of breast milk delivery (nursing, pumping, and donated breast milk). The vision of NormalizeBreastfeeding.org, a breastfeeding awareness media campaign, was to use the campaign to remove the “taboo” from public breastfeeding in our modern society. On June 27, 2015, a Proclamation has been approved to be published by San Diego Mayor, Kevin Faulconer, proclaiming the first International Day to Normalize Breastfeeding. What breastfeeding looks like is different for mothers depending on their community of lactation support, culture, birth experience, method of delivery, financial circumstance, and their knowledge of its benefits for their baby, toddler, or child. For this first year the goal is to rally breastfeeding supporters locally and worldwide to align with this year’s theme: Take the Pledge to Normalize Breastfeeding. Topics that will be discussed, in a LIVE streaming podcast format to continue the efforts on this day, will assist others to support every delivery method as “breast-milk-feeding” whether it is nursing, pumping, or the use of donated breast milk, to encourage full term breastfeeding and child-led weaning relationships according to the WHO breastfeeding code, to further discuss the importance of skin to skin contact, to debunk feeding myths and address “closet breastfeeding” among black breastfeeding mothers who still suffer from the lowest breastfeeding rates in United States, to ask moms to “check-in” to public places where they breastfeed and describe their experience, to ask businesses to take the initiative in thanking mothers for breastfeeding in their establishment and post the state laws for breastfeeding to educate the public against discrimination, share the significance of #Brelfie and professional Breastfeeding Portrait Photography by sharing historical images of breastfeeding mothers, and to publicly thank celebrities breastfeeding in public and sharing their most precious breastfeeding moments. Vanessa believes that, in sharing publicly, they have inspired a generation of women to, “nurse or pump whenever necessary, nourish their baby, toddler or child with breast milk as often as possible until they are ready to stop.”

Event Co-Hosts

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Vanessa A. Simmons, Photographer

Owner, Candid Perspective Photography

Founder, Normalize Breastfeeding

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