Happy Breastfeeding Week!
World breastfeeding week is on now. This years theme is "Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility."
WABA or World Alliance for Breast Feeding Action has tons of information and resources on your breastfeeding journey. WABA coordinates the week annually.
WBW is World Breastfeeding Week and is celebrated the first 7 days of August. It began in 1990 to commemorate the 1990 Innocenti Declaration. Themes include working while nursing, discussing healthcare systems, education and human rights, though ultimately it is am important week to promote all the goodness that comes with nurturing your babe at your bosom.
Objectives are to inform celebrants, anchor the theme with the global breastfeeding agenda, engage with individuals for greater impact and galvanize action on breastfeeding and related issues.
According to WABA's website (waba.org) only 40% of children in lower or middle income countries are put to their mother's breast in the first hour of life, but all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are linked to breastfeeding. The World Health Assembly (WHA) aims to increase the rate of exclusive breastfeeding (nursing only for the first 6 months of life) by 50% by 2025. That's only four short years away.
We know that breastfeeding helps both mothers and babies by monitoring both survival rates and general wellbeing. It is also considered to be an investment in protecting overall health, economy and social development of individuals and countries worldwide.
Let's all support our nursing mothers, they're tired, their nipple are sore, but they're making a positive impact globally! Cheers!