World Breastfeeding Week was observed from 1 to 7 August 2008*. The theme for 2008 was mother support.
The campaign aimed to raise awareness of the health benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and babies as well as the decreased economic costs for families, communities, the health system, and the environment. According to the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) http://www.waba.org.my/index.htm, babies should be breastfed exclusively for the first six months, and continue breastfeeding together with other appropriate complementary foods, up to two years and beyond.
During the week, SPC’s Human Development Programme and Healthy Lifestyles Section teamed up to raise awareness and offer advice and support to SPC staff. Human Development Officer Bindi Borg, who is also a certified Breastfeeding Counsellor and Educator, says; “Breastfeeding is the foundation of good health, and is also essential to ensuring food security. Breastfeeding mothers need assistance to access accurate information and adequate support. This assistance needs to come from family, society, government and workplaces. We all have our part to play in ensuring that every baby has the best possible start in life.”
The World Breastfeeding Week theme for 2009 is Breastfeeding: A Vital Emergency Response
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*Note: In the French Pacific territories World Breastfeeding Week was held from 12 to 19 October 2008.