World Breastfeeding Week 2012

From 1st to 7th August world breastfeeding week is celebrated in more than 170 countries (according to World Health Organization) to improve health of babies around the world by encouraging breastfeeding and by highlighting the health benefits of breastfeeding for babies.

“World Breastfeeding Week” is celebrated to commemorate Innocenti Declaration made by WHO (World Health Organization) and UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) in the year 1990 in the month of August to promote, support and protect breastfeeding and thereby improve health of babies, which is their right.

Objectives of World Breastfeeding Week 2012:

  • To recall the developments in relation breastfeeding awareness in the past 20 years.
  • Celebrate achievements and success made globally, nationally and regionally as well as at family level.
  • Draw public attention on the policies and programs of state on breastfeeding.
  • Call for action to bridge the gaps, which still remain in policy making and implementation.

Global Strategy on breastfeeding:

The WHO and UNICEF jointly developed and launched the Global Strategy for breastfeeding in the year 2002 to reaffirm the four targets set in 1995 in Innocenti. It also set some additional targets. The Global Strategy identified the need for optimal nutrition for babies by breastfeeding, to prevent malnutrition and poverty, especially in developing countries. The Global Strategy calls for comprehensive national policy making by various governments for infant and young child feeding. The Global Strategy guides various agencies and governments for promotion, protection, and support on exclusive breastfeeding for first 6 months of a baby’s life and to continue breastfeeding for two years or more along with adequate and appropriate feeding that is acceptable by local customs and traditions.

International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) which is a partner of WABA (World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action) tracks assesses and monitors the implementation of the Global Strategy.

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  • Antonia September 23, 2012 02.08 am

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