World Breast Feeding Day
- World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated annually from 1 to 7 August to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies worldwide. It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration signed in August 1990 by government policymakers, WHO, UNICEF, and other organizations to protect, encourage, and support breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is the best way to provide babies with the nutrients they need. WHO recommends special breastfeeding within an hour of birth until the baby is 6 months old. Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for 2 years or more.
World Breastfeeding Week 2020
- This year, the theme is “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet!”. The theme 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.
- Our food production systems and consumption patterns are significant contributors to climate change and environmental degradation. The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that we are all affected and an immediate coordinated societal response is required. We can all do something to reduce our carbon footprint (CFP) and ecological footprint starting with how we feed our babies. Ongoing health emergencies such as COVID-19 also pose challenges that affect infant feeding.
- The concept of planetary health has been defined as ‘the health of human civilization and the state of the natural systems on which it depends. The interconnected nature of people and the planet requires that we find sustainable solutions that benefit both; Sustainable development meets the needs of the current generation without compromising future generations. Breastfeeding is key to all of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).