ROSE stands for Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere. They offer a 2-day breastfeeding peer-support training. You graduate with a certificate and a pledge to serve your community.
1. Start A Blog
3.7 million babies are born annually in the United States alone, and 87% are breastfed. Blogs are perfect for creating searchable evergreen content that lives on the web.
2. Mini Blog For Free
Platforms like Instagram are great ways to share bite-sized pieces of information. You don’t necessarily have to post a brelfie if you do not want to, but simply sharing that you are a breastfeeding mother offers modern-day support in our digitally-driven world.
3. Become A Breastfeeding Coach
Breastfeeding support goes way beyond teaching a mother different nursing positions and correcting their latch. As a peer, we understand the unique lifestyle of a breastfeeding family, which creates the perfect opportunity for peer emotional support.
4. Speak At Workshops & Conferences
What a better way to educate others than by presenting, leading inspiring workshops, or even guest lecturing at a university. This can be done in-person or virtually.
5. Write A Book
6. Head Over To Reddit
As an online platform, it’s full of first-time mothers seeking advice from veteran moms like you and me.
7. Interview Other Breastfeeding Families
Collecting stories is a great way to validate mothers as well as communicate a deeper appreciation for the nursing family. If you're interested in sharing your story, we'd love to have you.
8. Go On A Podcast
Reach out to podcasters you admire and see if they’re interested in hosting you. Women's Month, Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and Mother’s Day are all special occasions where sharing your story can inspire their listeners.
9. Apply For A Grant
Seek funding for a project that you believe will have an enormous impact.
10. Submit An Article
Did you know breastfeeding is a part of STEM? Pitch your idea to a scholarly journal.
11. Create A Course
There are so many ways peers can enhance e-learning around breastfeeding. Think about what topics are missing from today's breastfeeding curriculum.
12. Collab With Me
As a natural term breastfeeding specialist, I’m always looking for new and exciting ways to bring value to breastfeeding families. Have an idea? Feel free to reach out.
These are suggestions I’ve come up with. Please know there are so many ways to share your expertise as a breastfeeding mom. Here’s a list of amazing wombmen accomplishing extraordinary feats in their respective fields.
Ciru Ciera - YouTuber | Child Birth Expert | Doula
Elizabeth Bayne - Director | Producer | Editor
Dr. Renee Boynton Jarrett - Social Epidemiologist | Director | Pediatrician
Dominique Bellegarde - Mother Healing Facilitator | WIC Counselor | Birth Specialist
Jocelyne Crosby-Agbeko - Instagrammer | 24 Hour Hotline | Pre & Postnatal Instructor
Dr. Kimarie Buggs - President | CEO | Change Leader
Andrea Serano - Program Director | Board Member | Co-Founder
Dr. Ifeyinwa Asiodu - Professor | Ethnographic Researcher | Principal Investigator
Kimberly Seals Allers - Author | Speaker | App Developer
Dr. Sahira Long - Pediatrician | Fellow | Committee Co-Chair
With over 7 years of lived breastfeeding experience, I definitely didn’t need the ROSE training to support families. In fact, as a mom of small homeschoolers, I was very reluctant to spend 16 hours in a classroom.
Nevertheless, the trainers were super knowledgeable and I appreciate having so many breastfeeding enthusiasts in one room. It emphasized that we are all in this together, taking a multi-disciplinary approach to supporting nursing families.
Are you interested in the ROSE training? What other peer counselor programs have you completed? What type of work have you been doing? Who would you add to this list?
Until next time...
Love The Journey,