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World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is being celebrated in the first week of August from 1st Aug to 7th Aug 2019 with an aim to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world,
World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is being celebrated in more than 120 countries. It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration signed in August 1990 by government policymakers, WHO, UNICEF and other organizations to support breastfeeding.
World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) theme for 2019 is “Empower parents, Enable Breastfeeding”.
World Breastfeeding Week event was first celebrated in the year 1992 and is organized every year by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
World Breastfeeding Week events involves awareness programs like puppet shows, skits, dance and drama, films, slide shows, etc
WHO recommends breastfeeding starting after one hour of the baby’s birth until the baby is 6 months old.
Antibodies present in breast milk fights off viruses and bacteria and babies breast-fed for the first six months have fewer ear infections, respiratory illness, and bouts of diarrhea.
Breastfeeding reduces risk of breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes and postpartum depression.
Continued breastfeeding up to the age of 2 years or beyond will increase the IQ (Intelligence Quotient) level in infants