WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK
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People across the globe are busy celebrating World Breastfeeding Week, which kicked off on August 1 and will go on till August 7.
- This week a long celebration is meant to raise awareness about breastfeeding and just how important is for the mother and the baby.
- The theme of this year’s event is “Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding”.
- World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is an annual celebration which is being held every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 120 countries.
- World Breastfeeding Week was first celebrated in 1992 by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and is now observed in over 120 countries by UNICEF, WHO and their partners including individuals, organizations, and governments.
- Breastfeeding is an important step towards developing mother-child bonding. It helps the baby get proper nutrition for optimum growth.
- As countries around the world celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF and WHO are calling on governments and all employers to adopt family-friendly policies that support breastfeeding.
- For instance, paid parental leave – enable breastfeeding and help parents nurture and bond with their children in early life, when it matters most.
- Family-friendly policies are particularly important for working parents. Mothers need time off from work to recover from birth and get breastfeeding off to a successful start.
- When a breastfeeding mother returns to work, her ability to continue breastfeeding depends on having access to breastfeeding breaks; a safe, private, and hygienic space for expressing and storing breastmilk; and affordable childcare at or near her workplace.
Importance of Breastfeeding:
- Breastmilk is highly recommended for your newborn which provides nutrition to the baby, and can be even beneficial for premature babies.
- Breastmilk can provide antibodies that can help the baby fight viruses and bacteria which protect us from the diseases.
- Breastfeeding babies for the first six months and then for a year after that can reduce the baby’s risk of developing asthma or allergies.
- Breastfeeding enables children to gain the right amount of weight and grow rather than become overweight or underweight.
- Breastfed children are also at lower risk of obesity and diabetes. This, however, is also dependent on the kind of lifestyle they grow up and continue with.
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