Celebrating the 20th World Breastfeeding Week
I am writing this a quick blog post to share some information, that is important to me and I am sure will be important to other mothers (moms to be), too. August 1 to 7, 2012 is World Breastfeeding Week (WBW); an occassion that is celebrated in 120 countries at different dates during the year with 2012 being its twentieth anniversary.
"Twenty years ago the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) launched the World Breastfeeding Week campaign to focus and facilitate actions to protect, promote & support breastfeeding. Since then, each year, WBW has put the spotlight on various breastfeeding issues. This year it focuses on the progress that has been made on the implementation of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding (GSIYCF) which was adopted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF ten years ago. Implementing the Global Strategy effectively is essential to increase breastfeeding rates: especially exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, and to reach Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 (which aims to reduce under five mortality by two thirds)."
OBJECTIVES OF WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK 2011
1. To take stock of lessons learnt and achievements from the past 20 years on
infant and young child feeding (IYCF).
2. To assess the status of implementation of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding (GS) globally.
3. To celebrate successes and achievements nationally, regionally, and globally and showcase national work at the global level.
4. To call for action to bridge the remaining gaps in policy and programmes on breastfeeding and IYCF
5. To draw public attention to the state of policy and programmes on breastfeeding and IYCF
READ THE POSTER AND CONNECT TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
WHY DO I SUPPORT WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK 2012?
As a mother of children that are 5 1/2 years and 17 years apart, I know and have experienced the changes in acceptance and medical support for breastfeeding. In comparison to when I had my first 2 children, I was asked about whether I planned to breast feed handed tons of information, everyone was encouraging about breastfeeding and I was given a lot of support for my decision to breastfeed over and over again during my pregnancy and birth processes. The change in acceptance and the confirmation of the natural health and nurtering beenfits was breathtaking! So many young mothers, that I chatted with in the waiting rooms, were excited about their decisions to breastfeed and I was happy for them. Even my mother (who was always anti-breastfeeding) changed her tune about the health advantages and bonding importances of breastfeeding. THAT was when I knew that society was changing for sure. I have always supported this natural and much needed process of life, and nursed with all 3 children as long as they wanted.
DO YOU SUPPORT BREASTFEEDING
If you support breastfeeding (which I hope that you do) and the work that is being done to increase awarenes, acceptance and breastfeeding in general, please make sure to click the link below and claim your position on their global pledge map.
SUBMIT YOUR PLEDGE FOR WORLDWIDE BREASTFEEDING WEEK
For every pledge that is received, the World Breast Feeding 2012 Logo will appear on the world map and listing the names of celebrant(s). You can participate by completing this pledge form and sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org by email attachment.
I invite you to leave a comment with your experience with breastfeeding, nursing blog posts or why you support World Breastfeeding Week!
In Motherly Love,
Mother Baby Child