Monday, July 31, 2006

World Breastfeeding Week

August 1-7 is World Breastfeeding Week, as proclaimed by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, which works to "to protect, promote and support breastfeeding." The event is intended to celebrate the Innocenti Declaration, which recognizes the benefits of breastfeeding and focuses on promotion strategies. This year's event in particular is themed "Code Watch: 25 Years of Protecting Breastfeeding," a reference to the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes (links to PDF).

Resources:
  • World Breastfeeding Week Celebrations - La Leche League in the USA
    World Breastfeeding Week - International Lactation Consultant Association
  • World Breastfeeding Week - from WIC; their theme this year is "Breastfeeding, Anytime, Anywhere." Includes available toolkit materials.
  • World Breastfeeding Week - Child Rights Information Network - links to additional resources
  • World Breastfeeding Week - Pan American Health Organization
  • Breastfeeding Spotlight - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Breastfeeding Home - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Breastfeeding. Best for Baby, Best for Mom. - 4women.gov
  • Promoting Proper Feeding for Infants and Young Children - World Health Organization
  • The World Health Organization's Infant Feeding Recommendation - reads in part, "infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health" and "Thereafter, to meet their evolving nutritional requirements, infants should receive nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond."

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  • 2 Comments:

    Blogger Exador said...

    The weeks' celebration isn't just limited to infants, right?

    I hope not.

    2:52 PM  
    Blogger Rachel said...

    Exador,
    If you find a woman willing to breastfeed you, by all means, go for it. Those WHO guidelines do say, "breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond." I don't see an upper limit there, do you?

    5:27 PM  

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