News By/Courtesy: Swagat Sanyal, 3rd Year, B.A LL.B(Hons.), Gujarat National Law University. | 05 Aug 2019 22:54pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • World breastfeeding week is celebrated every year and aims to create awareness about the importance of breastfeeding.
  • It is observed from 1st to 7th August every year.
  • It highlights the need to improve the health of babies all over the globe.

World breastfeeding week is celebrated every year and aims to create awareness about the importance of breastfeeding and how it is extremely necessary for a baby's development. It is observed from 1st  to 7th August every year. It highlights the need to improve the health of babies all over the globe. Mother's milk is a boon for a baby's health. It is the best source of nutrients for the development and growth of babies during the initial years. Mother's milk protects the baby from several diseases. The week pays tribute to the Innocenti Declaration which had been signed in August 1990. It was signed by government policymakers, WHO, UNICEF and other organizations altogether to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.

This year, WHO has taken it up along with UNICEF and other partners to execute different plans and policies formulated to celebrate breastfeeding week. This year, these organizations will look to bring to light the importance of family-friendly policies to promote breastfeeding in addition to encouraging parents to develop a bond with their children during the initial years.

 World breastfeeding week 2019: Policies suggested by WHO

  1. Paid maternity leave- The World Health Organisation is going to highlight the importance of enacting paid maternity leaves for a minimum of 18 weeks.
  2. Paid paternity leave- In addition to maternity leaves, WHO will also look to encourage paid paternity leaves to encourage shared responsibility to take care of children on an equal basis.
  3. Parent friendly workplace- A parent friendly workplace goes a long way in allowing mothers to breastfeed their children after returning back to work as well. It involves access to breastfeeding breaks and providing them a safe, private and hygienic space for expressing and storing breast milk. It also focuses on providing affordable childcare.

Implementation of these policies will enable parents to protect and support their family and will ensure the baby's health. Breast feeding will benefit the health of the baby as well as the mother.

 

Section Editor: Kaushal B. Shah | 06 Aug 2019 13:07pm IST


Tags : #World breastfeeding week#August 1 to August 7

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