Carnival of Nursing in Public Updates, Badges and Giveaways!

The deadline for the Carnival of Nursing in Public is right around the corner!  Next Wednesday, June 30th.  The response has been exceptional!  Let’s keep the momentum going!
Here’s some of the exciting things going on:

International Involvement

We are very excited to be partnering with Genitori Channel – an Italian parenting site.  They recently ran a photo contest for breastfeeding “In the light of the Sun” – the Italian phrase for “Nursing in Public.”  Allatta il tuo bimbo “alla luce del sole.” Isn’t that a beautiful phrase?
The Genitori Channel will be running an Italian Carnival of Nursing in Public parallel with the one here in the US.  Also, Barbara, from the Genitori Channel will be sharing her perspective with us on attitudes toward breastfeeding in Italy. Thank you Barbara!
We are also thrilled to have involvement from several Australian bloggers.  Janet Fraser pointed out that the term “nursing” is not commonly used in Australia so we created a badge with “breastfeed” in public as an alternative (see below for the badge smorgasbord).  We anticipate participation from Canada, Mexico, and Ireland!
These International voices are so exciting!  Creating a network of lactivists that spans the globe will have a huge effect on normalizing breastfeeding.  Are you a non-US blogger?  We’d love to hear from you and we’d be happy to create other-language badges to promote the right to nurse our children in public.

Meet Our Sponsors

Special thanks to Marybeth at Downside Up and Outside In for coordinating the giveaways for the Carnival.  Here are the exciting giveaways we have currently;

From Etsy seller and breastfeeding mama Leslie at Wildroot Botanicals, we have a donation of Sore Nipple Salve with Organic Lanolin, Jojoba Oil, Shea Butter, Locally sourced beeswax, Organic Coco Butter and ethically wildcrafted herbs. Wildroot Botanicals is a small family business located in the lovely Pacific Northwest. They specialize in wild harvests from the lush environment and growing medicinals out at their farm. They love working with plants and believe in the importance of small-scale and using one’s own hands to ensure quality. Products are made in small batches like our grandparents used to craft, ensuring the highest quality.
All of their creations are crafted and distilled from fresh and freshly dried botanicals. All ingredients are high quality organic, ethically wildcrafted and fair trade certified, free of artificial fragrances, chemicals or preservatives. Be sure to check out their other lovely products, such as their postpartum gift basket.

Etsy shop Innerwolfbatik, is operated by husband and wife team Micha & Shannon Rodgers. Micha learned the art of batik while following the Grateful Dead. What started out as a way to make it to the next show soon turned into a passion. Micha met Shannon and fell deeply in love, and now they have two beautiful little ones. Shannon also is a breastfeeding mama to both her 2year old and a new born, and a happy supporter of Nursing in Public. They have donated a beautiful onesie (which they can make in any size from infant to adult if you are interested in wearing your breastfeeding support in a fun and colorful way) to show off your breastfeeding pride! Winner will receive one onesie in their choice of 3-6mth or 6-9mth.

From ERGOBaby we have the donation of one new Ergo Baby Carrier. The ERGObaby Carrier is a great way to nurture your baby.The ERGObaby Carrier’s ergonomic design supports your baby’s natural seated position, the carefully researched design also supports your posture by distributing your baby’s weight between your shoulders and hips, thus allowing you to comfortably carry your baby for hours at a time. We breastfeeding Mamas love the Ergo Baby Carrier for maintaining an active lifestyle and it’s comfort while breastfeeding and babywearing. One participant will win an Ergo Baby Carrier, choice dependent upon stock available :)

Rules for entry – There are 3 ways to be entered in the drawing.  You will get one entry for each submission up to 2 drawing entries in each category (you can submit more than 2 items but you will only be entered into the drawing 2 times per category for a maximum total of 6 entries per person).  Here’s how to enter:

  1. Submit an original post – This should be a well-written, unpublished piece submitted by June 30th using the original post submission webform.
  2. Submit a NIP photo – Please submit your picture via email to CodeNameMama {at} gmail {dot} com and BabyDustDiaries {at} gmail {dot} com. You must own rights to share your pictures.
  3. Submit a Tweet – Submit your Tweet that shares a NIP tip or bit of encouragement in 140 characters or less using the Tweet submission webform. Be sure to include the #CarNIP hashtag and your Twitter ID in that 140 character count.

But I’ve Never Been in a Carnival

No problem!  It is easy and you will get detailed instruction along the way.

  1. Submit your post by June 30th using the original post submission webform.
  2. You will get a confirmation email and later an email that has html code to add to your post and the date your are scheduled to post
  3. Post on your scheduled day
  4. Update your post with the final html code when you get the updated email
  5. Visit fellow participants sites and leave supporting comments

You Gotta Love That Art!

Are you loving the badges for this Carnival as much as I am?  This beautiful artwork is by Erika Hastings at Mudspice.  Erika Hastings is an artist and a stay-at-home mother with three children. She has been breastfeeding for 7 years (and still going!).  She often paints about her life, and since her life now revolves around three amazing and energetic children, that is what she paints about. Parenting is the hardest thing she has ever done and she often uses her paintings as a way of working through the never-ending issues that parenting brings up. She thinks of her paintings as VISUAL affirmations, prayers, mantras and reminders of what she wants in her life. She hangs up the art in a prominent place and allows herself to soak up the image until it becomes a part of her life.  Visit her to see her other amazing works.

Our list of available badges is growing!  If you have a special request, please let us know.  Help spread the word about a woman and baby’s right to nurse Anywhere and Anytime.
Artwork by Erika Hastings at mudspice.com

Use the following code to add the “I Breastfeed in Public” badge:

Art by Erika Hastings at http://mudspice.wordpress.com/

Artwork by Erika Hastings at Mudspice.comUse the following code to add the “I Nurse in Public” badge:

Art by Erika Hastings at http://mudspice.wordpress.com/

Use the following code to add the Italian badge:

Art by Erika Hastings at http://mudspice.wordpress.com/

Use the following code to add the “I Nursed in Public” badge:

Art by Erika Hastings at http://mudspice.wordpress.com/

Use the following code to add the “I Support Nursing in Public” badge:

Art by Erika Hastings at http://mudspice.wordpress.com/ If you have any questions or suggestions we’d love to hear from you!  Email us at babydustdiaries {at} gmail {dot} com and codenamemama {at} gmail {dot} com.

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