World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is an annual celebration which is held every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 120 countries. According to the 26 August data of WBW website[1], 540 events have been held worldwide by more than 79 countries with 488 organizations and 406,620 participants for the World Breastfeeding Week 2010.[2][3][4][5]

World Breastfeeding Week
World Breastfeeding Week 2009 Logo
Begins1 August
Ends7 August
Years active33
ParticipantsGovernments, Organization, Individuals
WebsiteOfficial Homepage
In the Support of Breastfeeding

Organized by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), the World Health Organization (WHO), and UNICEF, WBW came up with the goal to promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life which yields many health benefits, providing critical nutrients, protection from deadly diseases such as pneumonia and fostering growth and development for the first time in 1991.[6]

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World Breastfeeding Week was first celebrated in 1992 by WABA and is now observed in over 120 countries by UNICEF[7], WHO[8] and their partners including individuals, organizations, and governments. WABA itself was formed on 14 February 1991[9] with the goal to re-establish a global breastfeeding culture and provide support for breastfeeding everywhere.[10]

WHO and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) emphasize the value of breastfeeding for mothers as well as children. Both recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and then supplemented breastfeeding for at least one year and up to two years or more.[11][12] WBW commemorates the Innocenti Declaration made by WHO and UNICEF in August 1990 to protect and support breastfeeding.[8]

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References edit

  1. ^ "World Breastfeeding Week 2010 World Map". WABA. WBW. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
  2. ^ "INFACT Canada | WBW 2010 Online Resource Centre". INFACT Canada. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
  3. ^ "English (pdf, 301kb) - WABA • World Breastfeeding Week 1–7 August 2010" (PDF). World Breastfeeding Week. 1–7 August 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
  4. ^ "World Breastfeeding Week 2010 • 1–7 August 2010" (PDF). WBW. WABA. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
  5. ^ "WHO - World Breastfeeding Week". World Health Organization. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  6. ^ "World Breastfeeding Week and World Walk for Breastfeeding". La Leche League International. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  7. ^ Moen, Christian. "Health facilities are vital in promoting good breastfeeding practices, says UNICEF". UNICEF Media. UNICEF. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  8. ^ a b "WHO | World Breastfeeding Week". World Health Organization. Retrieved 11 November 2010.
  9. ^ "World Breastfeeding Week". PrWeb. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
  10. ^ "World Breast Feeding Week". AllSands. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
  11. ^ World Health Organization. (2003). Global strategy for infant and young child feeding (PDF). Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization and UNICEF. ISBN 92-4-156221-8. Retrieved 20 September 2009.
  12. ^ Gartner LM, et al. (2005). "Breastfeeding and the use of human milk [policy statement]". Pediatrics. 115 (2): 496–506. doi:10.1542/peds.2004-2491. PMID 15687461.

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