World Breastfeeding Week – Aug. 1 – 7

World Breastfeeding Week is being celebrated Aug. 1 to 7 this year! Hats off to all the moms who have breastfed their children! :) May many more women continue to realize the benefits of breastmilk.

What’s World Breastfeeding Week all about?
According to the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action:

The World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is the greatest outreach vehicle for the breastfeeding movement, being celebrated in over 120 countries. Officially it is celebrated from 1–7 August.This year’s WBW aims to:
* Draw attention to the value of continuing to breastfeed children to 2 years or beyond.
* Raise awareness of the risks and costs of introducing other foods and drinks to breastfed babies before 6 months, thereby strengthening support for 6 months exclusive breastfeeding.
* Up-date information and ideas about the kinds of other foods and drinks needed by older breastfed babies and young children after 6 months.
* Share ideas for making complementary feeding easier, healthier and a time for learning and love.

In honor of Breastfeeding Week, La Leche League chapters worldwide are hosting walks to support breastfeeding awareness and advocacy. To find a walk in your area, click here.

Here are some great resources for breastfeeding information:

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action
La Leche League
Kelly Mom
007 Breasts
AAP’s Revised Breastfeeding Recommendations
World Health Organization’s Recommendations
FDA: Breast-feeding Best Bet for Babies
Mothers Milk Bank locations

I will leave you with an excellent quote I saw today on Beckie’s blog.

“While breastfeeding may not seem the right choice for every parent, it is the best choice for every baby.” –Amy Spangler