World Breastfeeding Week
World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every 1-7 August in commemoration of the 1990 Innocenti Declaration. WBW started in 1992, with annual themes including healthcare systems, women and work, the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, community support, ecology, economy, science, education and human rights. Since 2016, WBW is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2018, a World Health Assembly resolution endorsed WBW as an important breastfeeding promotion strategy.
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Mother’s Milk Substitutes (Control of Sale and Distribution) Act, 2049 (1992)
World Breastfeeding Week 2020
World Breastfeeding Week 2020 (#WBW2020) highlights the links between breastfeeding and planetary health. #WBW2020 will focus on the impact of infant feeding on the environment/climate change and the imperative to protect, promote and support breastfeeding for the health of the planet and its people. The theme will highlights the links between breastfeeding and the environment/climate change.
Objectives of World Breastfeeding week
- INFORM people about the links between breastfeeding and the environment/climate change
- ANCHOR breastfeeding as a climate-smart decision
- ENGAGE with individuals and organisations for greater impact
- GALVANISE action on improving the health of the planet and people through breastfeeding.
Call to action
As part of the Global Breastfeeding Collective, UNICEF joins the call for increased financing and better implementation of policies, programmes and interventions to provide mothers the support they need to breastfeed.
Governments can take seven actions to drive progress on breastfeeding and raise the global rate of exclusive breastfeeding to at least 50 per cent by 2025:
- Increase funding to raise the rate of breastfeeding from birth to 2 years.
- Adopt and monitor the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.
- Enact paid family leave and workplace breastfeeding policies.
- Implement the ‘Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding’ in maternity facilities.
- Improve access to skilled breastfeeding counselling in health facilities.
- Strengthen links between health facilities and communities to support breastfeeding.
- Monitor the progress of policies, programmes and funding for breastfeeding.
Source of information: WHO & UNICEF
- UNICEF’s latest report, The State of the World’s Children 2019
- World Breastfeeding Week: ”Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding”
- WHO and UNICEF issue new guidance to promote breastfeeding in health facilities globally
- 10 facts on breastfeeding
- Ten steps to successful breastfeeding (revised 2018)
- Breastfeeding provides the strongest foundation for lifelong health and optimal nutrition
- Breastfeeding: Foundation of life! World Breastfeeding Week 2018
- Breastfeeding: A smart investment
- ”Sustaining Breastfeeding Together”-25th World Breastfeeding Week
- Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage
- Mother’s Milk Substitutes (Control of Sale and Distribution) Act, 2049 (1992)