World breastfeeding week is observed every year to create awareness about the importance of breastfeeding and how it is necessary for the development of a baby.
Every year this week is celebrated from August 1 to August 7. The day aims at the need to improve the health of babies all over the globe as mother’s milk is a boon for the baby.
Significance of Breastfeeding week
Mother’s mill can protect the baby from several diseases and infection. World breastfeeding week pays tribute to the declaration which was signed in August 1990. It was signed by the government policymakers, WHO, UNICEF and other organizations to protect and support breastfeeding.
This year, WHO has collaborated with UNICEF and other partners to execute different plans and policies formulated this week.
These organizations will promote the importance of family friends policies to promote breastfeeding and will also encourage parents to develop a bond with their children during the initial years.
Not only this, but breastfeeding can also help in the betterment of a mother’s health. It will reduce the risk of developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type-2 diabetes, and heart diseases. Also, it is said that breastfeeding can prevent 20,000 maternal deaths every year due to breast cancer.
As per WHO, breastfeeding should be done within one hour after the birth of the child. A baby should be given just breast milk for the starting 6 months. Other nutritious complementary food should be added to a kid’s along with breast milk up to 2 more years.