On August 6, 2011, the United States Breastfeeding Committee officially declared that August is National Breastfeeding Month. Additionally, Native Breastfeeding Week is celebrated August 9-15 and Black Breastfeeding Week is celebrated August 25-31. This year, there will be virtual events and activities to support the build support for the policy and practice changes needed to build a “landscape of breastfeeding support.”

Black Breastfeeding Week

The 2020 Black Breastfeeding Week theme is Revive, Restore, Reclaim! The focus is on elevating the voices of black families that have been traditionally overlooked to revolutionize Black breastfeeding in the United States. You can learn more, support and get involved here, and read Top Five Reasons We Need a Black Breastfeeding Week.

Native Breastfeeding Week

Native Breastfeeding Week is to highlight the Native breastfeeding experience in all forms through the visibility of personal testimonies, partner experiences, research, articles, barriers, and/or success. The community also hopes to address the inequity and injustice of Indigenous parents and their abilities to practice their roles in accordance with the tribal communities they descend from. Learn more, support and get involved here.

Getting Outside While Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding your baby doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying the outdoor activities you love. We’ve rounded up some of our best articles on breastfeeding in the outdoors to inspire, motivate, and give every breastfeeding mama the confidence to get outside.

woman breastfeeding baby while outside

How to Hike While Breastfeeding On Trail 

To help you overcome some of the fears you might have about breastfeeding on trail, we’ve gathered some firsthand tips from our Hike it Baby families to help you breastfeed on the go trailside.

How to Prevent Clogged Ducts While on Trail

Clogged ducts can put a damper on your outdoor adventures if not cared for properly. Complete and regular removal of milk is the best solution, and there are other steps you can take on the trail.

4 Tips for Pumping on Trail

One mom’s journey and what she learned for pumping on trail.

9 Tips for Soothing a Cranky Baby on the Trail

Review these tips from Hike it Baby families and how they have learned to soothe a cranky baby on the trail.

Hike it Baby branches are keeping their communities active during the COVID-19 pandemic by hosting virtual hikes and activities that can be completed by your family in your backyard or local outdoor space.Find your local Hike it Baby branch and join their Facebook group to create a connection with like-minded parents and caregivers and stay up-to-date on current virtual events as well as future in-person hikes when we can once again join each other on the trail.

About Hike it Baby

Hike it Baby is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to getting families outdoors and on trails across the U.S. and internationally, supporting, educating and inspiring families through their more than 300 communities across North America. Since its grassroots inception in 2013 in Portland, Oregon, Hike it Baby is now a growing community of 270,000 families and 500 volunteer branch ambassadors hosting more than 1,600 hikes per month. More information, as well as daily hike schedules, can be found at HikeitBaby.com, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram.
Photo courtesy of Deanna Curry.

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