Wednesday, August 1, 2007

World Breast Feeding Week August 1-7

The Healing Project supports World's Breast Feeding Week. The benefits of breast feeding, while not fully understood, are myriad not only affecting the individual in its infancy but also throughout his or her entire life.

What is World Breastfeeding Week?
World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is August 1st – 7th and celebrates the signing of the Innocenti Declaration** on the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding. It is celebrated in 120 countries on various dates.

* According to WABA, "Initiation of breastfeeding within the 1st hour of birth is the first and most vital step towards reducing infant and under-five mortality, by reducing the overwhelmingly high neonatal mortality rate."

** The Innocenti Declaration was produced and adopted in 1990 by participants at the WHO/UNICEF meeting on “Breastfeeding in the 1990s: A Global Initiative.” The document lists the benefits of breastfeeding, plus global and governmental goals.

For information about events contact the Laleche League.

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