World Breastfeeding Week
Breastfeeding is considered one of the best practices in the life of infants, both for the healthy development of the infant, as well as for the economic condition of the family.
World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated between 1st and 7th of August each year in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of infants around the world, in order to protect, promote and support breastfeeding, which provides adequate nutrition for infants both during normal times, or in emergency situations.
Why a whole week every year?!
Through World Breastfeeding Week, we aim to:
- Educating people about the links between breastfeeding and the good environment.
- Endorse breastfeeding as a smart decision.
- Engaging with individuals and organizations to achieve greater impact.
- Stimulating work to improve the health of infants through breastfeeding. On this occasion, let us present to you some facts about breastfeeding:
- Breast milk is the ideal food for infants. It is safe, clean and contains antibodies that help protect against many common childhood diseases.
- Breast milk provides all necessary energy and nutrients an infant needs in the first months of life, and continues to provide more than half of the baby’s nutritional needs during the second half of the first year, and up to a third of the needs during the second year of life.
- Breastfed babies perform better on intelligence tests, are less likely to be overweight or obese, and are less likely to develop diabetes in the future.
- Women who breastfeed regularly have a lower risk of breast and ovarian cancer.