Most of you are probably aware of First Lady Michelle Obama’s efforts at curbing childhood obesity. The Childhood Obesity Task Force is going to be writing an action plan on how to end childhood obesity. Of course, breastfeeding needs to be integral to that plan, since it is one of the first things that moms can do to help ensure that their children maintain a healthy weight later on in life. [Unfortunately, many people are unaware that breastfeeding is beneficial in keeping children at a healthy weight even years after they’ve stopped breastfeeding.] In that vein, many people have suggested that the Best for Babes foundation be included in the Let’s Move Campaign. One of those people was Laura Keegan, author of Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy. [If you’ve not read this book, you need to, because it is fantastic. Also, if you’re on Facebook, you can become a fan of Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy.]
Laura and I have been discussing doing some videos to promote her book. Since she has self-published her book, all of the advertising and promotion for the book falls squarely on her shoulders — she doesn’t have a “marketing division” of a publication company. But, as a working mother with a busy practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner, she doesn’t exactly have a whole lot of spare time, so I’ve offered to help– particularly because her book is something I believe in and strongly support. The below video is the first one we’ve completed, and it is based on the comment she wrote to the Childhood Obesity Task Force in support of Best for Babes. Other videos (educational videos on breastfeeding) are in the works, so subscribe to her blog and/or her Youtube Channel, so you can see them when they come out.
Please watch the video on YouTube (and rate it), and pass it on to your friends. Something like breastfeeding needs to be supported and encouraged on all levels, and it would be really great to have it prominently included in the Childhood Obesity action plan, as the first step to reduce childhood obesity. Michelle Obama spoke of breastfeeding her daughter Sasha, so it is something she already supports. Perhaps if this video gets enough views, it can help bring Best for Babes and breastfeeding even more into the public eye.
Please leave a comment on YouTube in support of this video, breastfeeding in general, and having Best for Babes (and breastfeeding) included in the Childhood Obesity action plan!
[I told Laura that I feel like a doula or midwife, with her as the birthing mom, with regard to this video. It was her comment, her voice-over, her suggestions for pictures, her wording of the written text, but I put the elements together — I was there “in labor” with her, and I was watching while the video was born. 🙂 I don’t know enough of movie-making jargon to know what that might make me — Technical Editor, perhaps? Whatever it is, it was fun to do, and I’m looking forward to working with her on the forthcoming videos.