World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated from 1-7 August every year. This year the theme is creating an “Enabling Breastfeeding: Making a Difference for working parents” and “Breastfeeding in the first hour of Birth and exclusively for the first six months.”
The benefits of breastfeeding for children, mothers, and society are widespread. Breastfeeding protects infants against life-threatening infections, supports healthy brain development in children, and prevents chronic childhood and maternal illness, reducing health care costs.
Breastfeeding protects infants against life-threatening infections, supports healthy brain development in children, prevents chronic childhood and maternal illness, reducing health care costs. In the last two decades, significant progress has been made to increase exclusive breastfeeding rates, but it is still not enough. Join UNICEF to support breastfeeding mothers with family-friendly policies such as paid parental leave and breastfeeding breaks to create an enabling environment for mothers in hospitals, at homes and in offices.
To focus on this and deliberate on how all stakeholders such as health care workers, mothers, fathers, families, employers, media, and the community can create a supportive environment for children to be breastfed, UNICEF is organizing a media sensitization on World Breastfeeding Week on 3rd August 2023 in Capitol Hill from 11.30 am to 1 pm followed by lunch.