Joint Commission Urges Breastfeeding Babes To Be Proactive, Not Aggressive

by Christie Haskell | September 1, 2011 1:21 am

The Joint Commission is a non-profit organization that accredits and certifies many healthcare organizations and programs in the US, and fear of losing that approval is a very real thing, says Tanya, at Motherwear’s blog.

Their campaign “Speak Up™” encourages people, from children to elderly, to be an active partner in their health care. Asking questions, having your own opinions, making sure you understand everything done to you and suggested to you and why.

For breastfeeding Babes, they’ve also created a brochure for their new campaign called “What You Need To Know About Breastfeeding” that says that if you intend on breastfeeding, you need to be proactive. But what exactly does that mean?

We share author Tanya’s opinion that while being proactive is fantastic, they’re putting the responsibility on the wrong people.  Their big focus should be getting the medical model back to evidence-based breastfeeding support. However, since we’re not there yet, we do need to learn to speak up for ourselves (we know that can be uncomfortable for some Babes).  Here are some of the best ways to be prepared, educated, and empowered when it comes to medical professionals and breastfeeding support:

How do you handle advocating for yourself? What would you recommend women do?


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Christie Haskell is a coffee and tea-addicted wife to Kyle and mother of two wee beasties — Rowan (7) and Aurora the Destroyer (2) and one fur baby, Isis. She’s a true geek at heart and spends too much time playing video games and reading fantasy novels when she’s not typing her fingers off for CafeMom’s The Stir or her personal blog-love, DailyMomtra.


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