Our Facebook Group Team comprises of:
Admins: Asha DSouza, Chetana Ajit, Lata Chauhan, Madhu Panda and Adhunika Prakash
Breastfeeding Support for Moms of Multiples (BSMMI) Admins: Charulatha Varadarajan and Umaima Khilawala
Moderators: Dia Jadwani, Dilraz AR Kunnummal, Neha Gera Chawla, Nisha Srinivasan, Parigna Pandya Shah, Raksha Raghavan, Sanyukta Bardhan, Shyamala Sathiaseelan, Sneha Dutta Rohra and Srividhya Narayanasamy
Peer Counsellors: Anagha 'Alex' Narasimhan, Bhargavi Vishwanathan, Bhavna Singh Arora, Dipti Shah, Harini Ramnath, Kanimozhi Senthamarai Kannan, Ketaki Rajwade, Megha Kamat Wagh, Pavi Muralidhar, Pallavi Saxena, Priyadharshini Devnath, Richa Walia Tanna, Sangeeta Anand Shenoy, Shruti Kanchan, Sreeja Vibhu Nair, Swati Jagdish and Wahida Satish Kumar.
Breastfeeding Support for Indian Mothers(BSIM) is a peer to peer support group for breastfeeding parents, their partners and family members.
Breastfeeding Support for Indian Mothers (BSIM) was founded in the June 2013 by Adhunika Prakash (who is now a certified Lactation Educator and Counsellor) with the intention of empowering breastfeeding parents with information. Initially, it was a Pune based Facebook group, but as the number of members from across the country increased, the group was renamed and target audience was widened.
The Facebook Support group which has close to 50,000 members is where members, peer counsellors (PCs), moderators and admins help breastfeeding parents with breastfeeding queries 24X7 for no monetary benefit. These members are at various stages of their breastfeeding journey, ranging from pregnant to those with older children following natural term nursing. Even though the group is primarily targeted towards Indians, we do have members who are from various countries and cities across the world.
Some members have been inspired by the group to get professionally trained in the area of Lactation.
All these breastfeeding parents hope to empower other breastfeeding parents with information to enable them to take informed decisions during their breastfeeding journey.
We have some medical professionals on the group as well that wish to get educated about breastfeeding.
There is a wealth of information available on the Facebook group for the breastfeeding parent in different phases of pregnancy to those that wish to feed their child until the child self weans.
BSIM strongly believes that most parents do the best they can for their children based on the information and support available to them, and therefore we limit ourselves to being information providers.
We welcome members from diverse parenting philosophies and abstain from telling parents how to parent their child. Our goal is to provide information and leave the decision making to the parents themselves.
Even though BSIM started off as an online community, we are gradually increasing our offline presence. We have held meet-ups in 12 cities across 3 countries. With time, we hope to increase our offline presence in more cities, and empower more women.