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I registered to be counted. If anyone wants to join us we will be at the rivertown Halloween event in downtown Antioch, CA @ 3PM. Nothing formal. Just having fun @ nursing in public!!! Maybe next year we could do something bigger for this. Who is with me?<br>
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Join us to celebrate breastfeeding in a fun “competition” where every child “wins” because they are breastfed!!<br><br>
What: Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge 2008<br>
This fun event is a challenge for which geographic area ( province, state or territory) has the most breastfeeding babies, as a percentage of the birthrate, “latched on.” at 11am local time.<br><br>
When: October 11th*<br><br>
Why: to celebrate breastfeeding and demonstrate promotion, protection and support for breastfeeding women and their families. It’s a chance for education and peer support done in a fun social way.<br><br>
Location: a health unit or hospital, local coffee shop, mall or any other venue.<br><br>
Numbers: 2-?? "Latch on": 11am local time. Some sites are a few breastfeeding women who get together to “be counted” and others are much larger events with lunch, raffles, education, speakers, door prizes etc<br><br>
Registration: online at no cost and submit some simple paperwork to be counted on the big day. Dial up <a href="http://www.babyfriendly.ca" target="_blank">www.babyfriendly.ca</a><br><br>
Background: In 2001 when this event started, there were 856 babies at 26 sites in British Columbia, Canada. Last year there were 5,383 babies at 230 sites across Canada and the US. This year we would love to see that number increase dramatically. Do your part, join us - organize a site - big or small! Every breastfeeding baby counts in the final count.
 

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i plan to attend the bf challenge at chapel hill here in nc tomorrow, but what about mini challenges? like if i were to challenge a large group of women to meet up at a specific place in their home town once every few months? idk iif ppl already do that ( i'm not saying like a lll meeting or anything, just a way to normalize nip.)
 

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I didn't know about it :-(<br>
Maybe next year
 

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There were 28 babies counted this year in my town (I think two sets of twins). One five year old, my DH said he saw nursing! Three husbands! Many toddlers. It was wonderful.
 

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Went to the one in my city today.<br>
My sister took me, I had no idea this existed.<br>
Lots of fun <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I am in a calendar nursing my baby and my friends and I also made the newspaper (a VERY positive article about the challenge).<br><br>
Thought we needed more positivity in this forum.
 

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I organized a site in Grand Rapids, MI...We had 25 babies and 24 moms. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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We had a GREAT event this past weekend in Calgary. 82 moms/babes/tots I think!!! We also had a babywearing fashion show, a woman did a salsa babies workout and we had great door prizes and vendors. We were also on the news which I thought did a really great job of covering the event. They even (gasp) showed boobies on tv!<br><br><a href="http://calgary.ctv.ca/servlet/an/local/CTVNews/20081019/CGY_breastfeeding_challenge_081019/20081019/?hub=CalgaryHome" target="_blank">http://calgary.ctv.ca/servlet/an/loc...ub=CalgaryHome</a>
 

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Only just noticed this thread today... I went to the Challenge in Fredericton, NB. My SIL's son was the oldest at almost-4, and there was a 3-week old who was the youngest.<br><br>
We didn't have very many, not even 10 I think, apparently there were a few more last year. Pity. But on the plus side, I had some GREAT chats with the organizers, a local breastfeeding promotion committee, and will probably get involved with them myself. I mentioned the issue of not talking about how breastfeeding "decreases risks" but instead how not breastfeeding "increases risks", making sure our language reflects how breastfeeding should be the NORM against which other feeding methods are compared. She totally agreed, this has been an issue they've been wrestling with, and said they could TOTALLY use me on the committee LOL!!!<br><br>
It was neat just being there with some younger babies, with my 21mo and my older nephew, to be a model for the infants and their moms... one young mom was staring -- not a rude stare, I mean, more like a "wow, I didn't realize" stare. She seemed really impressed we were still nursing. Hopefully it "sticks" for her! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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