World Breastfeeding Week. Breastfeeding advocates encourage mothers worldwide to breastfeed their babies, a practice encouraged by leading health authorities around the world. According to the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), a partnership that includes the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and La Leche League International, universal breastfeeding within one hour of birth would prevent an estimated one million infant deaths a year; in addition, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimates that if every child in the world were breastfed exclusively for the first six months of life, 1.5 million lives would be saved every year. Yet, as a report card released this year by the International Baby Food Action Network reveals, few nations report an initial breastfeeding rate of even 50 percent.
Early breastfeeding, numerous studies have revealed, provides crucial nutrients, protects infants against disease, and promotes growth and development.
Part of the reason for the low worldwide breastfeeding rate is that women increasingly must integrate child-rearing and breastfeeding with income-generating labor, and workplaces are frequently not set up to accommodate breastfeeding mothers. Worldwide, women's labor tends to be difficult, poorly compensated, and unprotected by labor laws. Globalization and the increasingly poor conditions under which women labor worldwide make it all the more vital that maternity rights, including the right to breastfeed (and, along with it, the right of children to have adequate food), are recognized as human rights around the world.
Among other measures, WABA recommends that nations:
Thanks for writing about World Breastfeeding Week. I just wanted to share an event that is going on the whole month of August, in honor of World Breastfeeding Week:
The 2nd Annual World Breastfeeding Week Book Release Challenge will be held from August 1st - 31st, 2007.
Last year more than 150 books were "released into the wild" from all over the world; including the USA, Holland, Portugal and more. This year our goal is to double that number.
Prizes include personalized signed copies of:
The No-Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantley
The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers & Preschoolers by Elizabeth Pantley
Gentle Baby Care by Elizabeth Pantley
Mama Knows Breast by Andi Silverman
Near Mama's Heart by Colleen Newman
A Gift for Baby by Jan Hunt
And lots more . . . .
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