Lies and Lactation Cookies: Raising the Bar for Breastfeeding Support Groups in Social Media

Time-frame: 45-90
CERP: yes

Millennial parents live and learn on social media. Yet, much of the information available online, even through lactation “support” groups, is outdated, inaccurate, and counterproductive. Millennial parents also place pressure on themselves to get parenting “right,” which leads to a complex and dangerous blend of anxiety, guilt, and fear surrounding all of their parenting decisions. Facebook closed groups can be an effective platform for creating a virtual breastfeeding support group, but just as in real life, the groups must be properly facilitated. This presentation offers step by step guidance to creating, setting up, and maintaining a Facebook breastfeeding support group.  We’ll deconstruct common controversies that occur within social media, and analyze conflict management strategies to create safe spaces online.  At the end of the presentation, the learner will be able to: 1) Identify common language and terminology used in Facebook groups, 2) Understand the difference between harmful conflict and safe conflict, and 3) Grasp how to leverage social media to connect with, educate, and support today’s parents where they are.

Amy Barron Smolinski

Amy Barron Smolinski, MA, ALC, CLC

Country: USA/Germany
Phone number: US: 402-557-0532 DE: +49.152.07430986
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#MilitaryMonday: The New Military Parental Leave–What does it really mean?

Paid Family Leave for military families has rapidly changed in the past two years, and the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act brings even more changes.  While some of these changes appear to be improvements for military parental leave, several points of the new law have left us with some serious concerns.

Regular Contributor to #MilitaryMonday

Established in 2006, MomsRising and its members are organizing and speaking out to improve public policy and to change the national dialogue on issues that are critically important to America’s women and families. In addition to being a grassroots force, MomsRising also has a strong readership reach: With over 1,000 blogger, in 2013, Forbes.comnamed MomsRising‘s web site as one of the Top 100 Websites For Women for the fourth year in a row and Working Mother magazine included MomsRising on its “Best of the Net” list.

Regular Contributor to Mom2Mom Global Blog

Regular contributor to the Mom2Mom Global blog, with particular focus on national policies and events that impact military families and equity gaps in breastfeeding rates within military culture.

Why is it so important to give all military servicemembers paid family leave?

Guest blog post for the United States Breastfeeding Committee in support of the Military Parental Leave Modernization Act, proposed by Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to give all active duty servicemembers 12 weeks of paid parental leave when a new child enters the family by birth, adoption, or foster care placement.

Taking the Village Online: Mothers, Motherhood, and Social Media (Chapter 4)

From Demeter Press: The rise of social media has changed how we understand and enact relationships across our lives, including motherhood. The meanings and practices of mothering have been significantly impacted by the availability of [online] communities…  The village that now contributes to the mothering experience has grown exponentially, granting mothers access to interactional partners and knowledge never before available. This volume of works explores the impact of social media forms on our cultural understandings of motherhood and the ways that we communicate about the experience and practice of mothering.

Chapter 4, authored by Amy Barron Smolinski, specifically explores the intersectionality of breastfeeding, military families, and social media.