“Breastfeeding is not only the cornerstone of a child’s healthy development.
it is also the foundation of a country’s development.” – UNICEF
I was not aware of breastfeeding week until my 2nd son born.
Like me there are many women whom i met do not know what is breastfeeding week, why do we celebrate breastfeeding week and what we can do create awareness of the same among other new moms.
Here i am trying to get answers of all the questions you may have around breastfeeding week
Breast feeding Week
The first week of August celebrates The World Breastfeeding Week; it’s from 1st – 7th August.
This is an initiative to create awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding.It is also about discovering the ways of overcoming the challenges, related to nursing.
The Theme and Logo
Every year there is a different theme. This year, the theme is “Sustaining breastfeeding together” which has its meaning. Lets understand it through the logo.
The central part of the logo portrays a ‘triad’ of a man and woman and also a baby.
This signifies the importance of adequate support.
Through a successful partnership, a baby can get sufficient nurturing.
Equity and collaboration are most important.
The blue line around the triad reflects the 2017 goal. This also stands for a multi-sectoral association.
There is a gap in the blue line that connects with the triad.
That gap means there is a lot to do in supporting breastfeeding.
Partnership and also support is needed to achieve the aim globally.
Ammar Khalifa has designed this logo for this event.
WHY DO WE CELEBRATE BREASTFEEDING WEEK?
There is a specific reason why all the countries come together and celebrate World Breast Feeding Week.
Breastfeeding is the best way and also one of the most economical ways to render children and mothers a healthy life.
Nursing is a way to curb hunger, boost nutrition and also promote well-being.
It is also the best way to prevent infant death.
Nursing improves the baby’s immunity system, keeps obesity, diabetes and asthma away.
Intensive feeding reduces the risk of ovarian and breast cancers.
AIM of BREASTFEEDING WEEK 2017
The World breastfeeding week is a worldwide movement.
It supports breastfeeding anytime, anywhere. 2 years ago in 2016, WABA initiated the long 15 years voyage.
It’s towards fulfilling Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Without the multi-level partnership, one can’t achieve the goals.
This year the World breastfeeding Week is celebrating its 25th year. It is all about working in partnership for all good reasons. This aim is planned to be achieved by 2030.
1. There are 5 support systems for mothers to get breastfeeding assistance – family, workplace, social network, government and emergency response.
2. The breastfeeding week aims to create awareness among peer group to support moms in breastfeeding.
3. Their supporters should be trained to offer support when required.
4. The goal is also to get more maternity facilities from the government to promote elite breastfeeding.
HOW TO ACHIEVE THESE OBJECTIVES
Inform – You must first understand and then spread the benefits of working together.
Anchor – Understand your roles and also how it would make a difference in your area.
Engage – It’s important to reach out to others to set up areas of common interest.
Galvanize – Working in a team to achieve by 2030.
It is essential for mothers to get support only then there can be a permanent change in the social living structure and the baby would get the best 1st food.
Sustainable development is all about the economy, ecology and equity.
Breastfeeding is a baby’s birth right. All the mothers should take up the responsibility to nurse their babies till minimum 6 months of age.
I personally support breastfeeding a lot. I would request my friends to come together for this noble cause and create awareness around breastfeeding.
No more woman shaming for nursing babies in public. Instead, people should be positive and provide facilities to make breastfeeding easy.
This is an initiative to spread awareness to raise healthy babies.
The celebration of World Breastfeeding Week was started in 1992 by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA).
Now more than 120 countries come together to celebrate this week.
This initiative is highly supported by SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency).
The partners are UNICEF, WHO and also other core bodies from across the world.
WABA does not accept any kind of sponsorship from organizations.
Also no sponsorship from the companies manufacturing complementary foods and breast milk substitutes.
Breast milk is a baby’s main diet. There is no point in depriving them of it. There are many myths associated with breastfeeding. We need to get our facts right before supporting breastfeeding.
I am a mother who still breastfeed her 2 years old. I joined work immediately after exhaustion of maternity period.
Pumping helped me a lot, I pumped regular in the office till my son reached the mark of 18 months. Read my 10 tips to pump at work
This one week lets take a pledge to educate , teach and make society understand the importance of breastfeeding.