I am thrilled to share that just a few days back this blog made its very first donation! A little while ago, I opened the Lactation Journey Shop, an online store created not to try and make money, but in an effort to move away from the superficial and idealistic views on breastfeeding, and address the underlying issues at the foundation of disparities — to give people something else to think about. You can read about it here. Over the past number of months, the LjB has generated a small amount of funds, largely from the sale of this merchandise — and part of that was donated. The money went to a small Doula organization on the East Coast, that provides mostly free and other low-cost birth services to low-income and young women. They also offer breastfeeding awareness education classes to the community, as well as other workshops to aspiring and practicing doulas, in an effort to help lower the infant mortality rate and empower women on their birth and breastfeeding decisions.
It has always been very important to me to, when possible, be able to support projects that work towards a more just and equitable world. I’m so happy to be able to do this and look forward to more opportinities to ‘pay it forward’. I also want to say thank you to anyone who has ever supported the work of this blog. I couldn’t have done it without you!