World Breastfeeding Week 2022: Theme, History, Significance And Activities

From August 1 to August 7, World Breastfeeding Week is observed every year across the world. It is a celebration of Motherhood and the healthy life of the newborn. As breastfeeding is of utmost importance for growth and healthy development of infants, the week is celebrated to spread awareness regarding early breastfeeding.

World Breastfeeding Week was first celebrated in 1992. Initially just 70 countries participated in the celebration but now the number has been increased to 170 countries. Let’s know more about its History and significance in detail.

World Breastfeeding Week Theme: 2022

Theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2022 is: ‘Step Up for Breastfeeding: Educate and Support.’
Scientifically breastfed babies are more intelligent and healthier than babies who were not breastfed in childhood. Breast Milk is considered as the best food for newly born babies as it contains antibodies, which are essential to cure babies from severe diseases. So the main objective of celebrating the WBW is to educate parents about the benefits of breastfeeding and encourage them to adopt it.

World Breastfeeding Week: History

In 1990, the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) jointly created a memorandum. On the basis of this memorandum the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) was formed in 1991. The first World Breastfeeding Week in 1992 was started to be celebrated by this WABA. As it is aforementioned, 70 countries worldwide joined hands in this celebration And over time this number has become 170 today.

Significance of Breastfeeding

As Mother’s milk is one of the nutritious foods for the baby, it contains lots of antibodies.
These antibodies not only shape the immune system of newborn babies, they also provide efficient protection against pathogens. Mothers are recommended to breastfeed their children for 6 months post birth. Here we are listing some of the benefits of regular Breastfeeding infants at least till an age of Six months.

  • According to the WHO, increased breastfeeding could avert 20,000 maternal deaths each year due to breast cancer so it can reduce the risk of mothers developing diseases like breast cancer, ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
  • Breastfeeding promotes better health for mothers and children alike.
  • By breastfeeding, baby’s chances of being overweight, obese and prone to diabetes are comparatively lesser than the ones who aren’t breastfed.
  • It prevents infections like diarrhea and acute respiratory infections in early infancy and thus reduces infant mortality.

Correct Norms of Infant and Young Child Feeding

Here are the correct norms of Infants and Young Child Feeding;

  • Initiation of Breastfeeding within an hour of birth
  • Exclusive breastfeeding for first six months of life i.e. only breast Milk ‘NO’ other milk, food, drink or water
  • Appropriate and adequate complementary feeding from six months of age while continuing breastfeeding
  • Continued breastfeeding up to the age of two years or beyond

World Breastfeeding Week: Activities

On World Breastfeeding Week various activities are organized by Anganwadi centers including Annaprashan Ceremony of babies. Breastfeeding is an overwhelming and emotional experience for new mothers. It holds the equal importance for the lives of mothers and babies.

It is rightly said that, “A newborn baby has only three demands: Warmth in the arms of Mother, Food from her breasts and Security in knowledge of her presence. Breastfeeding satisfies all three.”

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(With Inputs from careerindia)