I was honored to collaborate with Melinda Gates in August on an illustrated series for World Breastfeeding Week. I learned so much throughout this project and to my friends who are mothers—thank you for lamenting, laughing, crying, and sharing your uniquely beautiful stories of motherhood with me. WOMEN ARE INCREDIBLE and providing support for motherhood and parenthood is vital to the health of our communities.
The illustrative campaign provided significant discourse across social media and the web. Do we really understand, as a society, what our mothers go through in nourishing and supporting new life? Are we creating policy, public spaces, workplaces and creating company cultures that are inclusive of parenthood, and specifically, of mothers with newborns?
Throughout the advocacy week, Melinda and I shared different scenarios highlighting the struggle, the joy, and the humor of motherhood. She also shared her personal experience and perspective on breastfeeding with Refinery 29 too–click here to read. Check out the illustrations from the campaign below. It's been one of my favorite campaigns yet! I'd love to continue the conversation too. Share your insight as mama below!