Happy World Breastfeeding Week!
Today is the first day of World Breastfeeding Week, an annual event organized by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
According to WHO, World Breastfeeding Week has been held since 1991 “to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.” WHO, UNICEF, and the American Academy of Pediatrics all recommend exclusive breastfeeding until a baby reaches six months old.
The theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week is “Talk to me! Breastfeeding – a 3D Experience.” WABA hopes to get people to utilize new forms of technology and social media to spread information and increase conversations about breastfeeding. People in more than 170 countries are participating in celebrations this week, including many moms in America. On Saturday, August 6, moms across the world will participate in the Big Latch On. Registered mothers will nurse their babies simultaneously in hopes of breaking the record for the most women breastfeeding at the same time, set in October 2010 when 9,826 mothers were recorded nursing at 325 sites in 16 countries.
Are you celebrating World Breastfeeding Week?
Read more about breastfeeding at Parents.com:
- 10 Things to Know About Breastfeeding
- The Best Breastfeeding Positions for Mom and Baby
- What You Didn’t Know About Breastfeeding
Do you have more questions about breastfeeding? Head on over to our Q&A page and search “breastfeeding.” You’ll see all the questions about breastfeeding our Parents experts have answered.