National Breastfeeding Month 2021 logo and text: Every Step of the Way

Sharing Goals

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month, we continue with insights from the current Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities. In the first question in this series, we learned about the two pressing challenges. Question two was about current projects and lessons learned. In this third question, Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities shared their short-term goals. The responses varied depending on the current needs of the different communities, and they revealed not only the continued hard work but also the resourcefulness and humor, albeit nervous humor, of each community.  

What are your short-term goals?

For some communities, the short-term goal responses were more quantitative in nature and based on grant or program deliverables.

“Getting 38 businesses designated ‘Breastfeeding Welcome Here.’”

“Finishing up the [breastfeeding friendly child care] learning burst/webinar series later this year and getting the recordings approved for staff training hours.”

“Getting a small group of [child care] programs to complete the application so that we can problem-solve challenges”

Other communities were acknowledging the enormity of their current work and deciding next steps.

“We’re in the planning phase [of a recent grant and other current work], and sometimes it feels overwhelming the amount of work there is to do. But we are really excited!”

“And we just found out we won another grant to support our breastfeeding support group!”

“Having a system in place for the transition to a new Health Consultant”

“Discussing the gaps in support and how best to support breastfeeding families.”

For one community, the short-term goal was to get through their upcoming event successfully.

“Not screwing our event up!!!”

With excitement, expectation, and a little bit of nervous humor, the Breastfeeding Family Friendly Communities are ready to meet their short-term goals.

In the next post, we will share the final question posed to the communities – What are you Celebrating