World Breastfeeding Week 2023

  • 02 Aug 2023

World Breastfeeding Week is observed in the first week of August each year to raise awareness about the significance of breastfeeding for the proper development of newborns.

Key Points:

  • Theme: This year's theme, "Let's make breastfeeding and work, work!" aims to promote workplace-related breastfeeding practices globally.
  • The Crucial Role of Breastfeeding: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 2.7 million child deaths annually (45% of all child deaths) are associated with undernutrition.
  • Breastfeeding plays a vital role in promoting healthy growth and development in infants, providing numerous benefits for both the child and the mother.
  • Breastfeeding Guidelines by WHO and UNICEF: Mothers are encouraged to initiate breastfeeding within one hour of birth.
  • Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of the child's life.
  • Safe complementary foods should be introduced to the child at six months, along with continued breastfeeding up to the age of two years or beyond.