Why Starfish?

Years ago our family began to sponsor Yuli, a young girl  from Guatemala through Compassion International. We  refer to her as “Our Starfish” based on the story below. We knew we couldn’t help all the “starving children” in the world, but for Yuli, we could make a difference. This same concept is the foundation of Starfish Lactation and the research supports its success as we see this holistic approach supports our success.

“This is … amazing,” was all I could mumble. We tried slicing the data different ways, but each showed significant educational improvements. You could beat this data senseless, and it was incapable of showing anything other than extremely large and statistically significant impacts on educational outcomes for sponsored children. The results in our other five countries confirm the positive impact.I think there is something deeper going on in the program that would interest the greater development community. I need some leads.”

Try hope,” he said.

The most often heard response to “Are you going to breastfeed?”  is, “I’m going to try.”   You are not alone. Throughout the world today, an infant is apt to receive less breast milk than at any time in the past. Until the last few decades, breastfeeding was the unremarkable norm. But now, breastfeeding rates in America as well as Nevada are comparatively low, with only 12% of women exclusively breastfeeding by 6 months! There is abundant evidence that human milk is designed to enhance optimally the growth, development and well-being of the infant. Breastfeeding is widely believed to be the most beneficial method of feeding for the health and well-being of most infants. These benefits cannot be duplicated in infant formula. Public health experts endorse breastfeeding as the preferred infant-feeding method. However, these benefits and recommendations are meaningless unless women breastfeed.                                                                                                                              Just as starfish live in the ocean, thriving, never being washed up on the beach,   a percentage of women breastfeed and thrive, without difficulties.  However, other women “try” (they end up washed up on the beaches) and endure days and weeks of pain, feelings of failure, discontent, frustration and hopelessness.  Many eventually quit and endure years of grief but mask it and don’t talk about it because “at least they have a healthy baby.”  Some even convince others it isn’t necessary to breastfeed, for their own confirmation.

It shouldn’t be this way.  We provide hope.

At Starfish, we can “pick up some and gently toss them beyond the waves, back into the sea” allowing them to thrive as intended … making a difference in those lives.

Time is critical in establishing your breastfeeding relationship.

Call  today at 982.5210 and make a difference in your life.

The Starfish Story, adapted from The Star Thrower, by Loren Eiseley (1907 – 1977) One day a man was walking on a beach when he saw another man coming the other way who appeared to be dancing.  As he drew nearer he could see the man was not dancing but was gently picking up starfish from the beach and throwing them back into the sea.  “Why are you throwing starfish into the sea?” He asked.”Because they have been washed ashore, the day is getting hot and if I do not throw them back they will die,” replied the dancer.  The man looked around him and saw that the beach went on for miles and that there were many thousands of starfish along its length. “But there are too many” he protested to the dancer “you can’t possibly make a difference.”  The dancer smiled, picked up another starfish and gently tossed it beyond the waves, back into the sea, “I made a difference to that one!” he said.

Starfish Lactation….making a difference in the lives of the families we touch!


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