It's World Breastfeeding Week! Coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and celebrated in more than 176 countries, World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) recognizes the importance of promoting breastfeeding worldwide. This year's theme is “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make It Work!”
According to Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO),
“The benefits of breastfeeding extend to mother and baby, and promoting breastfeeding policies in the workplace is essential. Employers also stand to benefit as it leads to happier, more dependable and productive employees.”
World Breastfeeding Week 2015 Objectives:
- Galvanize multi-dimensional support from all sectors to enable women everywhere to work and breastfeed.
- Inform people about the latest in global Maternity Protection entitlements, and raise awareness of the need to strengthen related national legislation and implementation.
- Promote actions by employers to become Family/Parent/Baby and Mother-Friendly, and to actively facilitate and support employed women to continue breastfeeding.
- Strengthen, facilitate and showcase supportive practices that enable women working in the informal sector to breastfeed.
- Engage with target groups e.g. with Trade Unions, Workers Rights Organizations, Women’s groups and Youth groups, to protect the breastfeeding rights of women in the workplace.
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