As a regular reader you might know that not only do I love and support breastfeeding, but I also live in Tampa. While I don’t normally post “local” news and events I did want to take the time to publicize the Breastfeeding is Normal project being put on by LLL (La Leche League of the Sunshine State).
If you are local please stop by Whole Foods Market, 1548 N Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, FL, on July 2 to shop for your 4th of July party needs. By doing so you will be directly supporting the Breastfeeding is Normal exhibit that will go up at the Tampa Museum of Science and Industry. 5% of net sales that day go to LLL, an organization that aids with a successful breastfeeding relationship for the healthy development of babies and mothers.
Patty of Sweet Plum Photography has photographed women of all shapes, sizes, age, and color nursing their children. I was asked to participate as well so Everett and I represented the “extended” (see also, full-term, nursing) mamas and toddlers. You can see all of these lovely photos of beautiful nursing mothers and more on the Breastfeeding is Normal: Anytime, Anywhere Facebook Page. So far none of these images have been flagged or removed by Facebook so that is a WIN. More details from their Press Release are below.
Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Whole Foods Market, 1548 N Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, FL
The funds will be used to support LLL’s upcoming educational exhibit entitled Breastfeeding is Normal at Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry. The aim of this exhibit is to educate local attendees – mothers, potential-mothers, fathers, children and even professionals about the benefits of breastfeeding.
Benefits not only give a baby the best nutritional start to life, but also help the mother, employers, families and the environment. LLL attempts to make breastfeeding a reality for as many mothers that want to accomplish these benefits through mother-to-mother support, local meetings, encouragement and resources.
“We are thrilled to be reaching out to the community, and receiving this support from Whole Foods,” explains Elaine Ziska, a La Leche League Leader for the past twelve years in Tampa Bay. “Eating whole foods is important for every member of the family, and a frequent topic of discussion at our meetings. Supporting mothers in giving their babies the best nutrition begins with breastfeeding and continues throughout weaning.”
Maria Gumina, Marketing and Community Relations Manager for Whole Foods, said, “Our Community 5% Days are one meaningful way we give back to our community. We are proud to support local organizations like La Leche League who will now be able to further achieve their goals locally.”