World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7)

The World Association For Breastfeeding Action observes World Breastfeeding Week throughout the first week of August. The week-long observance commemorates the Innocenti Declaration, which would have been established in 1990. The Innocenti Declaration and World Breastfeeding Week spread awareness about the special needs of nursing mothers all across the globe.

The first World Breastfeeding Week was held in order to raise public knowledge and support for breastfeeding. It has evolved into an international commemoration in approximately 120 nations throughout the years. World Breastfeeding Week not only aims to educate the public about the advantages of nursing but also campaigns for progress. Whether it’s greater help for working women, baby-friendly facilities, or reaching a 50% independent breastfeeding rate in the first 6 months.

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What is this year’s World Breastfeeding Week theme?


WABA selects a new topic for World Breastfeeding Week each year. Previously, the themes were ‘Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet’ then ‘Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding’ and ‘Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility.’ The topic for 2022 is ‘Step Up for Breastfeeding: Educate and Support.’

The theme is intended to encourage nursing because it is extremely vital in the early growth of a newborn. During World Breastfeeding Week, programs are planned to raise consciousness about the benefits of breastfeeding and teach others about its benefits.

Why is breastfeeding important for both the mother and the baby?


* Live immune cells are present in breast milk. Whenever a baby gets breast milk, he or she is immunised both immediately and for the rest of his or her life.
* Breast milk contains the exact elements that your baby requires. It’s pretty remarkable: Your milk production will vary according to your baby’s desire. The baby will convey her wants to your body, and your body will create the amount and type of milk necessary to meet that demand.
* Nursing can lower your child’s probability of sudden infant death disorder (SIDS). experts While the experts recommend that moms breastfeed for at least a year, evidence reveals that as little as 2 months of breastfeeding reduces the chance of SIDS by 50%.
* Breastfeeding lowers the mother’s risk of osteoporosis, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer.
* When a mother breastfeeds, her body releases oxytocin, which helps the uterus compress to its pre-pregnancy state.
* Nursing also burns more calories since it uses mom’s fat storage to produce breast milk.
* Breastfeeding helps kids to feel connected to their “home station” while still in the uterus. Her move from the inside to the external world will be aided by knowing your heartbeat as well as feeling your warm body.
* DHA, a polyunsaturated fatty acid contained in breast milk, aids in normal brain growth.
* Breastfeeding can lower your baby’s risk of developing middle ear infections.
* Because breast milk includes no artificial sugar, it can minimise your baby’s chances of acquiring allergies or diabetes.

How to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week?

Breastfeeding Week

Appreciate a Nursing Mom

Boost a nursing mom’s day by giving her a letter, making a comment on a photo or page where she discusses nursing or delivering her an original card through the mail. Thank your mother if you were breastfed!

If you’re a mom who pumps or nurses, don’t neglect to appreciate the incredible effort you’re doing to feed your baby with the greatest nutrients available.

Schedule Room for Rest and relaxation

Self-care is as important as a caring community for a healthy nursing experience. Pumping and nursing are both physically and emotionally exhausting. Thankfully, there are numerous strategies to help revive.

Consider finding quiet time to unwind and observe a goal. Withdraw from social media and switch off your phone and TV to disconnect from the world around you. Enjoy those blissful moments when nursing and spending time with your child.

Share Your Breastfeeding Story

Breastfeeding rates are increasing over the world, but still only slightly more than half of the newborns are still feeding at 6 months, and therefore only one-third survive around one year. Many women are not provided with the basic safety nets for breastfeeding. By sharing your experience, you can help to normalise breastfeeding for others.

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