The scent of May is sweet, especially on the second Sunday of the month, thanks to the beautiful bouquet of spring flowers sitting on the coffee table. These flowers, a Mother’s Day gift from the children.
Mother's Day Sunday is especially notable for the offering of flowers and for the sharing of well wishes. Wishes made from one to the other. Mother to Mother support can take this form as well: recognizing each other in a mutual identity, both intergenerational and intragenerational.
For some, the wishes are extended to the mother, the grandmother, the parent, for others it is to the one who served as a model or to those who have become friends along the way. Or even those we meet and support at work, in perinatal care.
Many may have the privilege of working in a team that works with mother/parent-child dyads:
A team that participates in the implementation of a quality program in perinatal care such as Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI)/Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI). A team that contributes to building trust in mother/parent-child dyads.
A team that encourages community, peer-to-peer support - that plays a role in facilitating the development of relationships. A team in which friendships may have been formed, where people support each other, in balancing mothering/parenting and working. A team that supports one another by keeping each other company during a staff break at, say, the breastfeeding/human milk expression room.
Peer support in the workplace is all about helping each other.
May the sweet scent of May define your journey.
Manon Campagna, IBCLC
World breastfeeding week 2020 message. (2020,July31). WHO | World Health Organization.
Shakya P, Kunieda MK, Koyama M, Rai SS, Miyaguchi M, Dhakal S, et al. (2017) Effectiveness of community-based peer support for mothers to improve their breastfeeding practices: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS ONE 12(5): e0177434. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0177434
The term mother is meant to be inclusive.
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