Dates, Theme, History and Significance

World Breastfeeding Week 2022: Breastfeeding is very important for the healthy growth and development of the baby. Moreover, it is a great experience for the mother. Therefore, World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year to emphasize regular breastfeeding. Breastfeeding week starts on 1st August and ends on 7th August.

According to the World Health Organization, breastfed babies are more intelligent and fit. Furthermore, they are relatively less likely to be overweight, obese and have diabetes than those who are not. Breast milk is the best food for newborns. It contains antibodies that help prevent many common childhood diseases.

World Breastfeeding Week: History

To support and encourage breastfeeding, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) created a memorandum in 1990. This was followed by the formation of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) in 1991. World Breastfeeding Week was celebrated in 1992 to promote this campaign. Initially, about 70 countries celebrated this week, but now it is celebrated by 170 countries.

World Breastfeeding Week: Importance

It is important for people to be aware of the numerous benefits of breastfeeding. According to WHO report, 2 out of 3 children are not breastfed. Therefore, it makes it all the more important to celebrate this day. Mothers are advised to breastfeed their babies for 6 months after birth.

Antibodies found in breast milk help protect the baby against germs and viruses. Babies who are breastfed for six months have little or no chance of ear infections, respiratory illness or diarrhoea. Babies who are breastfed have a lower risk of developing asthma or allergies.

According to the WHO, the benefits of breastfeeding are not limited to babies but also to mothers. It reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancer in mothers.

World Breastfeeding Week: Theme

The theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week is ‘Step Up for Breastfeeding: Educate and Support’. The topic is expected to increase awareness of breastfeeding, urging organizations and nations to develop protective measures for breastfeeding.

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