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Milk for Thought’s Big Pink Bus in Grand Rapids Thursday

July 26, 2011

On Thursday July 28th, Milk for Thought’s “Latch On America Tour” Big Pink Bus will park at Rosa Parks Circle for a full day of events celebrating and promoting breastfeeding.

The fun starts at 10 a.m. Grab a sign and welcome the bus when it arrives at 10:20. According to its website, “At Milk for Thought, we want to change the landscape of breastfeeding — from attitudes to advocacy to education. Our goals are to work collaboratively to empower pregnant and breastfeeding moms by connecting them to local experts and counselors, baby-friendly hospitals and birthing centers, support groups, and other mothers who are out there and want so much to help. Instantly, new moms will get the support, encouragement, and shoulder to lean on that they need to have a successful breastfeeding journey.”

Why all the hype about breastfeeding? Here’s just a few of the many reasons. Breastfed babies are healthier, smarter and less prone to ear infections, allergies, diabetes and asthma. Breastmilk is inexpensive (think free), convenient and is the only true species-specific formula available for human babies. Mothers who breastfeed enjoy the relaxing effects of oxytocin each time their babies suckle. They are less prone to breast cancer, osteoporosis and ovarian cancer.

The fun starts at 10 a.m. Grab a sign and welcome the bus when it arrives at 10:20. The day’s line-up includes a line-up of speakers including the Healthy Kent Breastfeeding Coalition, physicians, elected officials, breastfeeding mothers, authors, La Leche League and representatives of Milk for Thought as well as live musical entertainment.

Of special note, at 1:30 p.m., Troy, Michigan mother, Afrykahn Moon, will share her experience of being kicked off a public transit bus there for breastfeeding her two-week-old son.

Multiple community partners will have resource tables. In the “Faces of Breastfeeding in Michigan” photography area, visitors can have their pictures taken to share what breastfeeding means to them.

For the full listing of speakers and events, visit the Facebook event page.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 26, 2011 2:53 pm

    I’m so excited to have been a part of getting the bus here and helping plan this amazing event. Also, something to note is the follow up event which is also connected to this – the Grand Rapids BIG LATCH ON! where mothers will gather and try to break the record for most mamas and babies “latched” in unison. Both of these events will work together to help continue to promote and support nursing. In a continues effort of support my group, The CommonUnity, has also created a website (Free2FeedGR.org) that will serve as a local resource to help connect nursing mothers to the businesses who support them.

    I’m proud to be a part of this, and I can’t wait to see everyone there!

  2. stelle permalink
    July 26, 2011 3:11 pm

    Thanks Juliea! Please keep us informed about your upcoming events. A breast fed community is the best fed community!

  3. July 27, 2011 5:34 am

    Oh, I like that! What a handy quote!!

  4. Kristin Revere permalink
    July 27, 2011 2:07 pm

    Thanks for supporting this important event! We are so excited that Milk for Thought is coming to Grand Rapids!

  5. lesley ann permalink
    July 27, 2011 7:49 pm

    If it is not raining my nursing twins and I would be glad to participate such an important event! 🙂

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