World Breastfeeding Week 2018 Theme
Recently Updated On: August 2nd, 2018
World Breastfeeding Week 2018 Theme
World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is a global network of individuals as well as organizations which are concerned with promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding all over the world. WABA coordinates the World Breastfeeding Week campaign annually.
WABA (World Alliance For Breastfeeding Action) WHO (World Health Organisation)) and UNICEF has a goal to promote “Exclusive breastfeeding” for the first 6 months of life as it leads to tremendous health benefits such as immunity from critical diseases and providing nutrients.
Breastfeeding week was celebrated for the first time in 1991.
World breastfeeding week is celebrated every year from 1-7 August in more than 170 countries. The aim of world breastfeeding week is to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies all over the world.
Breastfeeding is a technique which every mother should learn in order to nourish the growing baby. When to feed? How to feed? These are the questions which are raised in every woman’s mind and answers to these questions should be known to every mother.
As per the WHO, yellowish and sticky breast milk is the perfect and healthiest food for the newborn baby. Breastfeeding should be started within 1 hour after birth and is recommended to be given up to 6 months of age of the baby.
Up to the age of 2, the baby should be introduced with solid food items too.
WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK 2018 THEME is “BREASTFEEDING: FOUNDATION OF LIFE”. Breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong good health for babies & mothers”.
World Breastfeeding Week Ideas:
Ideas for the world breastfeeding week involves ways to celebrate, propagate world breastfeeding week. World breastfeeding week promotion involves organizing events such as office parties, giveaways, lunches at workplaces.
Organising community walks, fairs. Giving away wearable’s such as bracelets, t-shirts, caps etc. organizing of TV shows by media and propagating it as much as possible. World breastfeeding week ideas can be as follows-:
- Spreading awareness about benefits & importance of breastfeeding.
- Propagating the need for breastfeeding for the health of baby & mother, making the emotional connection between the mother & child.
- Taking a pledge for following & promoting Breastfeeding.
- Sharing your wisdom of breastfeeding & your experience of how it establishes the pious image of a mother-child relationship.
- Celebrating breastfeeding week by promoting it on social media handles such as through Facebook, twitter etc.
National Breastfeeding Week 2018:
Breastfeeding week in India is promoted in India buy BPNI (Breastfeeding Promotion Network Of India). It is a national network of organizations and individuals to promote mother and child health through protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding.
India has set up a target for 2025 on exclusive breastfeeding rates (BPNI analysis) of 65.7% India believes that breastfeeding would help achieve targets for health, food security, education, equity, development, & the environment.
Promotion of breastfeeding is very necessary as to decrease the no. of children dying every year from pneumonia & diarrhea which could have been prevented by early breastfeeding.
According To the National breastfeeding week 2018, it states that “BREASTFEEDING …. A COMMITMENT, NOT AN OPTION”.
Slogans For Breastfeeding Week:
Breastfeeding needs to be promoted for the betterment of the health of our coming generation as well as the present generation, various ways of promoting the breastfeeding week are being used & with the grace of God.
World Breastfeeding Week has succeeded in promoting awareness for breastfeeding. Use of hoardings, Billboards & posters to draw the attention of people towards it.
Young mothers usually skip breastfeeding their babies but this not is done as it is harmful to both the mother and the babies.
SLOGANS for promoting breastfeeding week can be a very effective way. Some slogans for breastfeeding week which can be used are as follows:
- “ MOTHER’S MILK IS THE GIFT FROM GOD FOR YOUR CHILD, DON’T STOP YOUR CHILD FROM HEAVING IT”
- “GIVE YOUR CHILD TRUE MOTHER’S LOVE & A LIFETIME OF IMMUNITY-BREASTFEEDING”
- “BREASTFEEDING EACH DAY HELPS BABY WORK, REST & PLAY”
- “MOTHER’S MILK IS BEST & ANY OTHER MILK CAN NEVER REPLACE IT”
- “THERE’S NOTHING QUITE SO YUMMY AS THE MILK FROM MY MUMMY”
- “REDUCE PREVENTABLE DISEASES THROUGH BREASTFEEDING”
- “THE MOST ESSENTIAL & PURE BABYCARE IS BREASTFEEDING”
World Breastfeeding Week 2017 Theme:
World breastfeeding week 2017 theme was “SUSTAINING BREASTFEEDING TOGETHER”. World breastfeeding week was celebrated the previous year with the same efforts as every year with a focus on four major points -:
- Maintaining women health & productivity.
- Checking for environmental & climate change.
- Maintaining survival, health & wellbeing in babies.
- Efforts for increasing nutrition, food security & decreasing poverty.
Drawing from the efforts and response of 2016 WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK that how the protection, promotion & support for breastfeeding are a key to sustainable development.
OBJECTIVES OF WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK 2017 -:
- INFORM – Spreading awareness about the importance of breastfeeding.
- ANCHOR – Recognising the role & difference that we can make.
- ENGAGE– Reaching out to the masses and involving in the society for spreading the common interest.
- GALVANISE– Working together for achieving the sustainable development goals by 2030.
The effects and the outlook of the world breastfeeding week 2017 lay the ground and help in setting goals for world breastfeeding week 2018. Spreading the theme breastfeeding: Foundation of life.
Black Breastfeeding Week
Using the word black is here mainly for Africans. Black breastfeeding week was found or we should say it was created because of the racial disparity in breastfeeding rates.
It is observed that around 75% of white women have ever breastfed versus black women who have breastfed around 58.9%.
Talking about infant mortality rate, black babies are dying twice the rate of white babies. The black babies need immunities and benefits of breast milk to stay nutritious.
There is racism against breastfeeding rates but also racism in breastfeeding leadership as well. It is a common misconception that black women don’t breastfeed.
It is not a debatable topic but a huge problem which needs to be solved as soon as possible.
Many African communities are ‘first food deserts.’ Comparing to deserts because in the desert there is lack of water, food and basic facilities similarly black women do not have access support for the best first food breast milk.
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