World Breastfeeding Week is held from 1 to August 7 on the initiative of the World Health Organization. The reason for its establishment was the adoption in 1990 Innochetiyskoy declaration by WHO and UNICEF aimed at protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding.
The World Breastfeeding Week (World Breastfeeding Week) is held in more than 120 countries around the world . Its purpose — to inform women about the benefits of breastfeeding for the health of the child. According to the World Alliance of breastfeeding support, the coordinator of the event, breastfeeding — the best way to provide newborns with nutrients they need.
WHO, in turn, recommends exclusive breastfeeding for children until they reach the age of six months, and after — keep it together with the appropriate complementary feeding. In addition, WHO experts say that a child feeding should be initiated within the first hour after birth.
WHO and UNICEF have jointly developed a global strategy for infant feeding. This program should provide the nutrition of infants, their growth and development, and the promotion of health. All this should help to increase the percentage of survival of infants and young children.
The strategy is based on the evidence for the value of nutrition in the early months and years of a child's life. It stresses the importance of providing each mother support required for the performance of their important role.