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Monday, August 6th, 2012
Every year, between August 1 and August 7, thousands of moms in more than 170 countries participate in World Breastfeeding Week–an initiative started 20 years ago by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) to “protect, promote, and support” breastfeeding worldwide.
This year also marks the 10th anniversary of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding, a program started by WHO and UNICEF to reach mothers and infants everywhere, especially those who are underprivileged or malnourished.
In commemoration of 20 years of awareness and progress, we’ve compiled some of our best tips and videos to help make breastfeeding as easy as possible for you and your baby:
Plus, don’t forget to check out our article on common breastfeeding myths.
How are you celebrating World Breastfeeding Week?
Friday, June 8th, 2012
Report: 16 Percent of US Teens Have Considered Suicide
Nearly 16 percent of high school teens nationwide admitted they had considered suicide within the previous year, according to an annual survey published Thursday by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Food Allergies More Common in City Kids
Researchers found that the share of children with any type of food allergy was 9.8 percent in cities, 7.2 percent in suburban areas, and 6.2 percent in rural areas.
How 11 New York City Babies Contracted Herpes Through Circumcision
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish circumcision ritual is found to cause neonatal herpes infections in newborns in New York City, prompting health officials to encourage parents to consider the health risks of the practice.
UNICEF Targets Deadly Diarrhea, Pneumonia in Poor Kids
Concerted efforts to control diarrhea and pneumonia, the biggest killers of children under the age of five, could save the lives of up to 2 million of the world’s poorest children each year, the United Nations Children’s Fund said on Friday.
More Teens Smoke Pot than Cigarettes, Says CDC Survey
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that 23 percent of high school students said they recently smoked marijuana, while 18 percent said they had puffed cigarettes.
Mom Goes After Stroller Thief, Busts Million-Dollar Crime Ring
Don’t mess with mom. That’s the moral of this awesome story about a Chicago mom who went after the guy who stole her stroller and ended up uncovering a huge crime ring.
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
UNICEF: Millions of Kids Live in Urban Squalor
Millions of children are growing up in squalid urban areas and denied basic services despite living close to them, the United Nations Children’s Fund said Tuesday.
More Drugs Being Approved for Rare Diseases in Kids
A growing number of drugs are coming to market to help treat rare diseases in children, a new U.S. government study finds.
FDA Approves Breath Test to Determine Bacterial Infection in Kids
U.S. health regulators have approved Otsuka America Pharmaceutical’s breath test to detect bacterial infection that causes stomach inflammation and ulcer, for use in children aged 3 to 17 years.
Why Pediatricians Say Breast-Feeding is About Public Health, Not Just Lifestyle
In a quietly worded statement released this week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recalibrated the national dialogue on breast-feeding, deeming it a “public health issue and not only a lifestyle choice.”
Still Too Much Sugar in Kids’ Diets, Researchers Say
America’s intake of sugary foods and drinks has dropped in recent years, but U.S. kids are still consuming too much, government researchers say.
Sweet Photo of Dad Feeding Baby Turns Controversial
A father tenderly giving his baby a bottle… what could be wrong with that? Breast-feeding advocates in New Zealand demanded that an ad campaign delete an image of a dad feeding his baby, complaining it undercut their “breast is best” message.
Thursday, September 15th, 2011
Global Child Deaths Plunge by 12,000 a Day
The annual number of children who die before they reach age five is shrinking, falling to 7.6 million global deaths in 2010 from more than 12 million in 1990, according to UNICEF and the World Health Organization.
Parents Still Struggle With Proper Child-Seat Use, Study Finds
With National Child Passenger Safety Week approaching, the nonprofit organization Safe Kids USA released on Thursday new research relating to the use of child safety seats.
Average Scores Slip on SAT
Average scores on the SAT fell across the nation this year, with the reading score for the high school class of 2011 falling three points to 497, the lowest on record, according to a report Wednesday by the College Board, which administers the exams.
My Family’s Experiment in Extreme Schooling
What happens when you take three American kids and throw them in a classroom 5,000 miles from home where they can’t speak the language?
Formula Doesn’t Keep Kids from Gaining Weight: Study
Kids who were fed on formula for the first few months of life gained just as much weight up to age ten as those who were exclusively breastfed, according to new research from Germany.
Teen Driving Restrictions Show Mixed Results
Programs that keep young drivers from taking the wheel at night, or with a car full of teens, may reduce the risk of fatal crashes in some drivers — but increase that risk in others.
Monday, August 1st, 2011
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:
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.
Thursday, April 14th, 2011
Alyssa Milano is expecting a son later this year, but she’s opting out of receiving gifts for his arrival. Instead the actress and UNICEF ambassador for Child Survival Programs is asking friends, family, and generous fans to donate to the organization through her newly launched site Baby Bugliari.
“With every $5 donation, UNICEF can provide assistance to children in developing countries so they can grow to be healthy, happy and strong – which is exactly what we want for our child,” Alyssa says.
In many countries, childbirth is still dangerous and proper nutrition and medical care is scare. For example, many newborns and mothers die from maternal neonatal tetanus, a disease that can easily be prevented through a round of immunizations that costs as little as $1.80, UNICEF’s Web site says.
Do-gooder Milano has raised more than $150,000 for charity:Water by asking for birthday donations, so it’s no surprise the do-gooder mom-to-be is hoping to forgo the typical onslaught of freebie baby goodies most celebrities receive, helping those less fortunate instead.
Friday, February 4th, 2011
Put your child’s artistic abilities to work and enter the Pier 1 Imports/UNICEF Greeting Card Contest. The contest ends March 12 and is open to all kids 14 and younger. This year’s theme is “Making Spirits Bright.”
The winner’s artwork will be reproduced as an official UNICEF holiday greeting card for the 2011 holiday season and sold at Pier 1 Imports. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to help in its mission to decrease the number of daily, preventable childhood deaths from 22,000 to zero.
The winner will also be awarded a $5,000 scholarship, as well as $500 worth of art supplies for his/her school. The winner will be announced in April. Plus, between April 7-22, fans can vote for their favorite design at Pier1.com and the “Fan’s Choice” winner will receive $500 worth of art supplies.
Plus: Get inspired by our art ideas
15 Holiday Cards You Can Make
5 DIY Holiday Photo Cards
Art Advice from Illustrator Eric Carle