World Breastfeeding Week 2021 | Know Theme : Breastfeeding is one of the most essential part of a newborn baby’s growing up journey. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), babies should be exclusively breastfed for six months since the time of their birth and later should be introduced to different and appropriate food items after six months.
The World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year for a week from 1st August, the motive of this week is to create awareness among new parents and improve infant health around the world. The initiative was started in August 1990 by government policymakers, WHO, UNICEF, and other organizations to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.
History of World Breastfeeding Week
In 1991, The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) was formed to act on the 1990 Declaration to Protect, Support, and Promote Breastfeeding. As part of this action plan, WABA introduced the concept of a globally integrated breastfeeding strategy for promotion. However, this idea was supposed to be celebrated only for one day which afterward turned into a week. This week is known as World Breastfeeding Week and is celebrated from 1-7 August. The week is celebrated in more than 100 countries.
Theme for World Breastfeeding Week | Know Theme
World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) has selected the theme: Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility. The theme is aligned with thematic area 2 of the WBW-SDG 2030 campaign which highlights the links between breastfeeding and survival, health and wellbeing of women, children and nations.
WABA states that this year’s objectives are to:
- Inform people about the importance of protecting breastfeeding.
- Anchor breastfeeding support as a vital public health responsibility.
- Engage with individuals and organizations for greater impact.
- Galvanize action on protecting breastfeeding to improve public health.
Pregnancy and lactation are an especially vulnerable time for working women and their families. Expectant and nursing mothers require special protection to prevent harm to their or their infants’ health, and they need adequate time to give birth, to recover, and to nurse their children. At the same time, they also require protection to ensure that their jobs are not jeopardized because of pregnancy or maternity leave.
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