Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Is a US Postage Stamp Promoting Breastfeeding Possible?

Did you know that there is a website where everyday average US citizens can make their appeal to the White House? It's called We the People. The beauty of this site is that if enough people show interest in a particular issue, the administration will review it and hopefully take some action on it.

There have been all sorts of issues addressed from gun control to the right of states to secede from the Union. We're not going to touch on any of those issues here because that isn't what A Nurturing Moment is all about.

What we ARE all about, however, is breastfeeding and nurturing babies.The following countries have had stamps issued to raise awareness about breastfeeding: Spain, Cuba, Luxembourg, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Uganda, Bangladesh and Greece.

The Luxembourg stamp was issued in 2003 for World Breastfeeding Week. The beautiful design was created by a local La Leche League leader. 

The Uganda stamp was actually issued in 1985, and the Greek stamp was issued even earlier, in 1981. The stamp from Guatamala says "Breastfeeding - a gift for all of life."

Each of these stamps reflects something of the culture found in the country of origin. It's time for the United States to have our own breastfeeding stamp! What a wonderful way to promote and normalize breastfeeding in our culture!  However, we need to get VERY busy promoting this idea if we want to see it move forward. I hope that everybody who reads this blog will do 2 things.

  1. Go to the petition and sign it today.
  2. Promote the idea to everyone in your sphere of influence. If you want to send them to this blog, so they get some background, that would be great. But urge them to add their name to the petition. Anyone who cares about maternal/infant health should be willing to take a moment to sign!
We have quite a challenge ahead of us because we still need 23.537 votes before Feb. 10. But I am convinced there are enough people who truly care about what is best for babies in this country that together, we can help make this happen!


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