Saturday, November 12, 2011

I am temporarily reviving the knitblog for my knitted breast appeal.
Along with a group of others, I'm just about to qualify as a breastfeeding peer supporter for East Kent. We support women who want to breastfeed by helping with antenatal classes, visiting maternity units, and keeping community BFing groups going.
It sounds improbably lentil-weaverish, but knitted boobs are fantastically useful to BFPSs, especially for demostrating good attachment and techniques for hand-expressing milk comfortably and effectively (very useful especially for premature or unwell babies). You don't want to freak someone out by demonstrating with your own breast, and it's rather impolite to grab theirs, so a nice friendly knitted one is the way forward.
I've just made this one, but I reckon we could use at least a dozen. The pattern is here (courtesy of LCGB via Bliss). [ETA and here is a version with a crochet base option instead.
It takes even less time than a baby hat, and is just the thing for using up flesh-coloured yarn. Jaunty tattoo additions strictly optional. IMO the pattern could easily be rejigged to work in the round too - if anyone wishes to write that up, LMK and I'll post it here.
So is anyone up for it? I will take care of getting them to the right people, where they will be truly appreciated.


Reclaiming Normal, RN said...

As a fellow BPS and a children's/neonatal nurse, thank you! And thank you to anyone else who takes this up (if you end up with a surplus, local SCBUs would love them [makes a change from all the blankets, hats and cardigans they get, too], as would breastfeeding support groups)! This is a very important item in any breastfeeding supporter's toolbox! :D

Sarah (Crafts From The Cwtch) said...

Boob in progress - I'll let you know when it's ready to send.

Have also posted a link on my blog.