Monday, August 2, 2010

World Breastfeeding Week 2010

Yesterday marked the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week.  As explained by the World Health Organization:

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 120 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration made by WHO and UNICEF policy-makers in August 1990 to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is the best way to provide newborns with the nutrients they need. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding until a baby is six months old, and continued breastfeeding with the addition of nutritious complementary foods for up to two years or beyond.

I had no idea so many countries participate in WBW each year.  I celebrated yesterday without even remembering- I nursed Tye in public before and after the race with nothing to cover us, and not even wearing a very nursing-friendly running top, but you gotta do what you gotta do.  I know now I'm just one of millions of women celebrating worldwide this week.

Happy Breastfeeding Week!

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