World Breastfeeding Week
August 1st – August 7th
The first week in August is World Breastfeeding Week, a time to provide breastfeeding mothers with support and encouragement. This year’s theme, “Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers,” encompasses the importance of breastfeeding support in all places.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, breastfeeding is one of the most effective preventative measures a mother can take to protect infant health. It also recommends breastfeeding up until the baby’s first birthday in combination with other foods months 6-12. These recommendations are not being followed, however. Many mothers do not have constant contact with their children throughout the day due to working schedules, and many others lack the support necessary to follow through with these recommendations.
Fortunately, early care and education facilities are able to train faculty members to better support mothers by permitting breastfeeding at facilities and storing and feeding pumped milk to infants. Only a handful of states across the nation have regulations for meeting the national recommendations for breastfeeding, including Arizona, California, Delaware, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Vermont. A number of others, however, have issued guidelines to increase breastfeeding support in care and education facilities. View some of these guidelines below:
- Mississippi Department of Health WIC program
- New York State Department of Health’s Child and Adult Care Food Program
- Wake County Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Initiative (BFCC)
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services
This week, show your support for breastfeeding! Encourage the five circles of support to engage in their support, and stress the importance of infant health and continuous breastfeeding support:
- Friends and family
- Workplace employees
- Health care providers
- Policy makers
- Emergency responders
Visit the WBW facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/World-Breastfeeding-Week-2012/293327800702827 or www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org for more information!
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