Blissfully Informed Hippie Chick

Encouraging people to think critically about everything.

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

on August 2, 2015
image

Nursing my son, 6 days before his 1st birthday.

This week is World Breastfeeding Week! Here are some quotes about what WBW is, and some information about breastfeeding:

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is an annual celebration which is being held every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 120 countries.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Breastfeeding_Week

This World Breastfeeding Week, WABA calls for concerted global action to support women to combine breastfeeding and work. Whether a woman is working in the formal, non-formal or home setting, it is necessary that she is empowered in claiming her and her baby’s right to breastfeed.

http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org

Breastfeeding is the normal way of providing young infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. Virtually all mothers can breastfeed, provided they have accurate information, and the support of their family, the health care system and society at large.

Colostrum, the yellowish, sticky breast milk produced at the end of pregnancy, is recommended by WHO as the perfect food for the newborn, and feeding should be initiated within the first hour after birth.

Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.

http://www.who.int/topics/breastfeeding/en/

… U.S. government data estimates that fewer than 15% of Americans continue nursing their infants after they are just six months old (while Canadians are slightly higher with an average of about 25%). Likewise, as detailed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Family Database [PDF], most countries in Western Europe cluster in the same 15-25% range as those in North America.

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/1521831

Advertisements

3 responses to “Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

  1. It will be interesting to see how this pans out, with all the dust raised over women breastfeeding their hungry children in public. Hope we they won’t have a riot and apoplexy 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: