World Breastfeeding Week is an annual celebration that occurs each year from the 1st to the 7th August in more than 120 countries. Each year there is a different theme that is organised jointly by the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action. This year’s theme is “Breastfeeding A Key to Sustainable Development”.
As the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action says if you care about people, the planet, prosperity and peace then you should join those who believe in a sustainable environment. World Breastfeeding Week this year focuses on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that governments around the world have agreed to achieve by 2030. The SDGs build on what was previously called the Millennium Development Goals. They cover a range of issues including ecology, economy and equity, ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education and making cities more sustainable.
New evidence presented in the UK by the medical journal The Lancet confirms that optimal breastfeeding could save 823,000 child lives and add US$303 billion to the global economy annually.
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With industrialization and urbanization increasing, the time and space challenges become more prominent. Breastfeeding mothers who work outside the home need to manage these challenges and be supported by employers, their own family and community. Creches near the workplace, lactation rooms and breastfeeding breaks can make a big difference.
For more information on World Breastfeeding Week, visit theWorld Breastfeeding Week website worldbreastfeedingweek.org.