What is world breastfeeding week?
World Breastfeeding week is a yearly celebration for breastfeeders! Its a whole week devoted to those that provide breastmilk for their babies and sometimes other babies as well (thank you donors)!!
It is held every year from August 1st to August 7th and it is recognized in more than 100 countries! How AWESOME is that?!
But what is the purpose of World Breastfeeding Week you might ask? It is to not only celebrate but to also encourage breastfeeding among babies.
The theme for this year (2021) is Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility. But what does that really mean?
WABA states that this year’s objectives are to:
Inform people about the importance of protecting breastfeeding.
Anchor breastfeeding support as a vital public health responsibility.
Engage with individuals and organizations for greater impact.
Galvanize action on protecting breastfeeding to improve public health.
Pregnancy and lactation are an especially vulnerable time for working women and their families. Expectant and nursing mothers require special protection to prevent harm to their or their infants' health, and they need adequate time to give birth, to recover, and to nurse their children. At the same time, they also require protection to ensure that their jobs are not jeopardized because of pregnancy or maternity leave.
Maternity Protection is key to enable breastfeeding and empower parents for a successful implementation of recommended breastfeeding practices. PAHO/WHO recommends that countries must implement and reinforce the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes at all levels. It is vital to ensure that breastfeeding mothers do not get targeted by the industry, marketing or public health professional who want to jeopardize their breastfeeding by promoting formula-feeding.
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Information gathered from: https://www.paho.org/en/campaigns/world-breastfeeding-week-campaign-2021