World Breastfeeding Week 2018

Today is the last day of World Breastfeeding Week 2018 – you may have seen news about it or posts on social media. As supporters of breastfeeding, all of us at A Woman’s Healing Center thought it would be a good time to share some information on the goals of World Breastfeeding Week, as well as breastfeeding facts and how to get support if you need it.

World Breastfeeding Week 2018 logo

About World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week is put on by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). This network serves to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding, and other organizations that do the same.

Every World Breastfeeding Week, the WABA sets goals to shine greater light on the foundation of life that breastfeeding provides for babies as well as the benefits of breastfeeding for mothers. Annual objectives for the week are to inform, anchor, engage, and galvanize others.

 

WBW Inform

Inform

This year, the WABA especially wants to inform individuals of the link between breastfeeding and:

  • Good nutrition
  • Food security in times of crisis
  • Poverty reduction

Breastfeeding is a vital nutrition source for babies and is especially important for infants in low-income families who might struggle to put food on the table.

 

WBW engage

Anchor

This year’s slogan is “Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life.” During this week, the WABA hopes to anchor breastfeeding as a foundation of life and lifelong health for a mother and their child.

 

WBW Engage

Engage

The WABA connects with and works alongside a number of partners to make World Breastfeeding Week a success. By engaging with this organizations and individuals who are passionate about protecting and supporting breastfeeding, they can see a greater impact from their campaign.

 

WBW Galvanize

Galvanize

As a part of informing people about the benefits of breastfeeding, World Breastfeeding Week hopes to galvanize those people to take action. By doing so, breastfeeding can be advanced as a part of good nutrition, food security, and poverty reduction.

You Can Take Part in World Breastfeeding Week

It’s not too late to help spread the word about breastfeeding’s benefits and show your support for nursing moms.  Breastfeeding advocacy, education, and support should be available year-round, not just this week.  If you’re interested in taking part in World Breastfeeding Week, getting more resources on breastfeeding and WBW, or want to know more about their mission, there are a couple of options for you.

Take a Look at WBW Resources

The World Breastfeeding Week website has loads of resources for anyone who wants to learn more. These resources include:

  • Infographics
  • An action folder full of case studies, graphics, and more about the mission and objectives of WBW
  • Downloadable and shareable posters, presentations, and videos
  • A social media kit that has information about the campaign and shareable materials with platform-specific assets
  • Reports, media releases, information on previous years of World Breastfeeding Week, and FAQs

Use the Hashtag

World Breastfeeding Week also comes with a hashtag. If you want to take part in the week, try using the hashtag and talking with others who use it. You can easily search hashtags on Instagram and Twitter to find others who are talking about WBW and the WABA.

If you’re interested, tag your pictures, tweets, and status updates with #WBW2018. If you want to know more about interacting with WBW supporters and organizers, check out the social media kit on the WBW website.

Get More Information & Support

Top Tips from A Woman’s Fealing Center

Want to know more about this important week, the benefits of breastfeeding, and what to do if you need help nursing your new baby?  Watch this short video I recorded or read more below.

In addition to providing good nutrition and food security, there are many other benefits of breastfeeding, both for mothers and babies. Choosing to breastfeed your baby can:

  • Reduce the baby’s risk of gas, feeding issues, and constipation
  • Save money that would be spent on formula
  • Deepening the bond between a mother and her child

If you want to learn even more about the health benefits of breastfeeding, you can read our blog post here.

Additional Breastfeeding Resources

If you’re still curious about World Breastfeeding Week and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, be sure to look at their websites. They have valuable information on the goals and benefits of creating a world where breastfeeding is a foundation of life.

If you want to know more about breastfeeding, take a look at our patient resources on breastfeeding.  We have a number of articles to help you get your nursing relationship off to a great start, including:

Schedule An Appointment

You can also get in touch with us to ask any and all questions you might have about breastfeeding. At A Woman’s Healing Center, we love babies and are here to provide you with information and support your mothering journey.  We’re you’re partner in giving your baby a great start to lifelong health.

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