Breastfeeding: Foundation of life! World Breastfeeding Week 2018


World breastfeeding week is celebrated every year in August first week globally. The aim of world breastfeeding week is to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies. 

It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration signed in August 1990 by government policymakers, WHO, UNICEF and other organizations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. (WHO)

Objective Word breast feeding Week 2018 

  1. INFORM:  people about the links between good nutrition, food security, poverty reduction and breastfeeding
  2. ANCHOR: breastfeeding as the foundation of life
  3. ENGAGE with individuals and organisations for greater impact
  4. GALVANISE action to advance breastfeeding as a part of good nutrition, food security and poverty reduction 

World Breastfeeding Week 2018 focuses on:

  1. Preventing malnutrition in all its forms Malnutrition refers both to undernutrition and to overweight and associated non-communicable diseases. This double-burden of malnutrition has major consequences on short- and long-term health.
  2. Ensuring food security even in times of crisis Food security means access to food for all people at all times. It is affected by availability of food, affordability and different crises e.g. hunger, natural disasters, conflict and environmental degradation.
  3. Breaking the cycle of poverty Poverty is affected by several factors including hunger and malnutrition. Hunger pushes poor families into a downward spiral and prevents them from breaking out of the poverty cycle. 

Breastfeeding helps to prevent malnutrition in all its forms, ensures food security for infants and young children, and thus helps to bring people and nations out of the hunger and poverty cycle. It is therefore a [ Foundation of life. Protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding is vital to a more sustainable world. ]

Source of Info: World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA

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