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?
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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.
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Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
By now you’ve probably heard about the report from the World Health Organization which has classified the radiation that comes from cell phones as possibly carcinogenic. The cell phone-cancer link has been studied for years, and the findings have generally been cautious but leaning toward the side of the radiofrequency electromagnetic fields not causing cancer. But WHO’s report today is far more worrisome, connecting the exposure to these radio waves to certain types of brain tumors called gliomas.
Much more research needs to be done before we have a definitive answer, but for now, there’s a simple step you can take to protect yourself: Use an earpiece when talking on the phone. If you don’t have one yet, hold your phone as far from your head as you can when you talk on the phone. And because a verdict on the effects on children’s brains is nowhere near in yet—and there are concerns that because their skulls are thinner, radiation can penetrate more easily—it’s best to avoid having your child use a cell phone at all.
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