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 1â€“7 August.This yearâ€™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.
Here are some great resources for breastfeeding information:
World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action
La Leche League
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