Posts Tagged ‘ World Health Organization ’

Celebrating 20 Years of World Breastfeeding Week

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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The Scary News About Cell Phones and Cancer

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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