- World Breastfeeding Week is observed annually from August 1st to 7th to raise awareness on the advantages of breastfeeding
- The theme for 2020 is ’Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet’
- The theme focuses on the links between breastfeeding and environment change
- WHO and UNICEF urge governments to promotes breastfeeding counseling
World Breastfeeding Week is observed every year from August 1st to 7th. It is a global campaign to raise awareness and urge action on themes related to breastfeeding. The theme for 2020 is 'Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet'. The theme focuses on the links between breastfeeding and environment change.
World Breastfeeding Week Message from WHO and UNICEFWHO and UNICEF aim for the governments to promote and protect access of women to breastfeeding counseling.
Breastfeeding counseling could help mothers
- Receive support and information to nourish their babies optimally
- Gain confidence
- Overcome challenges
- Provide support during COVID-19 through home visits or community programs
- Invest: Ensure that every woman is available to breastfeeding counseling. Investing in the finances needed for breastfeeding programs and policies
- Train: Proper training for nurses and midwives to deliver breastfeeding counseling
- Ensure: Breastfeeding counseling should be made available as a part of routine health and nutrition services
- Partner: Build partnerships among civil society and health professional associations for appropriate counseling
- Protect: Health care workers need to be protected from the influence of the baby food industry
World Breastfeeding Week Theme 2020The theme of World Breastfeeding Week in 2020 is 'Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet'.
‘World Breastfeeding Week is observed annually from August 1st to 7th. The theme for 2020 is 'Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet'. The theme focuses on the links between breastfeeding and environment change.’
The theme focuses on the impact of infant feeding on climate change. It promotes breastfeeding for the health of the planet and its people.
Objectives of World Breastfeeding Week of 2020
- Inform: Educate people about the connection between breastfeeding and environmental change
- Anchor: Support breastfeeding as a climate-smart decision
- Engage: Collaborate with organizations and individuals for a more significant impact
- Galvanize: Take action of improving the environmental effects of the planet by supporting breastfeeding
Healthy Diet for Mothers while Breastfeeding
- Protein foods need to be included 2 to 3 times a day. Protein foods are meat, fish, eggs, poultry, seeds, beans, nuts
- Make sure to eat three servings of vegetables, especially dark green and yellow vegetables
- Two servings of fruits every day
- An everyday diet should include whole grains like pasta, whole wheat bread, oatmeal cereal
- Drinking sufficient water to satisfy thirst
- Vegetarian diets can include additional sources of iron and zinc to compensate meat.
Why is Breastfeeding Important?Breastfeeding is very crucial for the first six months. Breast milk changes in composition and volume according to the time of the day, nursing frequency and baby age. Breast milk has many advantages:
- All necessary nutrients are supplied in proper proportions
- It protects against diseases such as cancer and diabetes
- It protects against infections
- Breastfed babies have a higher score on IQ tests. The babies easily digest it
- Reduces the risk of type-2 diabetes and certain cancers
- Helps the mother return to the weight before the pregnancy
- Strengthens the bond between mother and child
History of Breastfeeding Week
- The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) was formed in 1991 to act on the Innocenti Declaration.
- The Innocenti Declaration of 1990 aims to promote, support and protect breastfeeding.
- World Breastfeeding Week was first celebrated in 1992. From 1992 to 1995, the theme of World Breastfeeding Week focused on one aspect of the Innocenti targets.
- Presently, more than 100 countries take part in the World Breastfeeding Week.
- World Breastfeeding Week 2020 Message - (https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/31-07-2020-world-breastfeeding-week-2020-message)
- World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) - (https://waba.org.my/wbw/)
- World Breastfeeding Week 2020 - (https://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/#)
- Diet for Breastfeeding Mothers - (https://www.chop.edu/pages/diet-breastfeeding-mothers#:~:text=Include%20protein%20foods%202%2D3,oatmeal%20in%20your%20daily%20diet)
- Why is Breastfeeding Important for your Baby? - (https://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/nutrition/wic/breastfeeding/importance.htm)
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