Celebrating breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week
World Breastfeeding Week 2016 (1st to 7th August) is about celebrating how breastfeeding gets us to think about how to value our wellbeing from the start of life, how to respect each other and care for the world we share.
Breast milk is the perfect food for your baby
Breast milk is the perfect food for your baby because:
- it’s all that your baby needs to eat and drink for about the first 6 months,
- it helps to protect your baby against colds, tummy bugs, infections and allergies, and
- it helps your baby to feel safe and secure.
Breastfeeding is perfect for mothers too
Breastfeeding is perfect for you too because:
- it gives you a chance to rest while you are feeding your baby,
- it helps you to feel close to your baby,
- it saves you time,
- it’s free, and
- it may reduce your risk of some cancers and bone disease.
Breastfeeding is an important element in global health
The world’s leaders committed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015. These goals are aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity. Breastfeeding is linked in several ways to these goals, including:
- Being a natural and low-cost way of feeding babies and children.
- Providing high quality nutrients and adequate energy and can help prevent hunger, undernutrition and obesity.
- Providing all the water a baby needs, even in hot weather. Formula feeding requires access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation.
- Safeguarding infant health and nutrition in times of adversity and weather-related disasters due to global warming.