Today was the Global Breastfeeding Challenge sponsored by the Quintessence Foundation. I blogged about how I was going to organize a site in my hometown in this post.
I've spent the past couple of weeks calling local La Leche League leaders and members, as well as hounding the local news outlets in an attempt to get the word out. The most common response I've gotten was "You're doing what?!" I have to say the LLL leaders I've talked to were less than enthusiastic. One said that her group wasn't into "that kind of thing." Another wanted me to send information on the event to see if it was something "she could support." Only one of the five leaders I contacted sounded really enthusiastic and said she would "definitely" tell her group about it. In the end I was able to get a small write up in the very bottom corner of the last page of our local county news paper. It comes out twice a week and the article was published yesterday. I would link to the article but alas, they don't even have a website.
This morning around 10:40 I showed up at the library and asked to be let into the board room. The librarian on duty had no idea what I was talking about so I showed her the article. She looked confused but let me in anyhow. She graciously lent me some clear tape to post my sign that said "Global Breastfeeding Challenge In Here." She also offered to let me use a different board room that didn't have windows so people couldn't peek in while we were breastfeeding. I thanked her politely and said I didn't think it would be an issue. At 11 a.m. Birdie and I were the lone soldiers of the Russell Kansas version of the Global Breastfeeding Challenge. My crunchy friend showed up to be one of the witnesses and we grabbed another librarian to serve as the second witness. I conveniently forgot my camera so someone used their cell phone to take a pic of the Birdie and I. So here we are, Ms. Birdie and myself at our local 2009 Global Breastfeeding Challenge site:
I have vowed to never wear my hair like this again.