Wednesday, August 5th, 2015. BMG: August 1st-7th of each year is celebrated as World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) in more than 170 countries worldwide, encouraging breastfeeding and ultimately improving the health of babies.
This week commemorates a declaration signed by WHO, UNICEF and other organizations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding since it has been proven that the practice comes with a lot of benefits to young children, including nutritional and protection against diseases.
The slogan for the 2015 WBW is “Let’s make it work!”, with the campaign aiming to make breastfeeding more practiced and acceptable In public places or at home.
Dr. Margaret Chan, Director of WHO, stated: “Breastfeeding is the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding starting within one hour after birth until a baby is six months old. Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to two years or beyond.”