For the last two weeks, I have been preparing a submission for a Parliamentary Inquiry into Breastfeeding. Today, I finally finished editing it and it has been submitted.
Breastfeeding is a very important issue for me. I know of many women, not only in Australia, but also in other developed countries, that have given up on breastfeeding, even though they wanted to, because of inadequate support, especially in the early days. While the benefits of breastfeeding are widely reported, breastfeeding rates in Australia fell below the world average in 2004. The target at the time was 80% of babies exclusively breastfed at six months. The reality was that only 32% of babies were in this position.
I had first-hand experience of the failings of the system with Elijah. These have partially been documented in this blog. Knowing that I had lots of knowledge and support to assist me through the hard times, and knowing that I am extremely fortunate, meant that I couldn't let this one slide. I had to be part of the process. I had to do something make things easier for women to nurture their children.
So I wrote a seven page submission. If you're interested, take a look.
Now that it is finished, I feel a great sense of accomplishment. Sure, I'm just a small cog in the wheel, but I can proudly say that if the system changes for the better because of this inquiry, then I helped make it happen.
And that is truly empowering.