16th World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), 1-7 August 2007

Friday, July 23 2010

The 16th World Breastfeeding Week (WBW), 1-7 August, is drawing near and we hope that you are as excited as we are on this year's theme, which is Breastfeeding: The 1st Hour - Early initiation and exclusive breastfeeding for six months can save more than ONE million babies !

Download Free WBW Materials

As you are preparing to celebrate WBW, visit our website http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org to download materials and information including the Action Folder, whether you are writing articles for newspapers, would like to print them out to distribute or put up on your workplace's notice board.

Photo Contest a Success!

This year, WABA organized a Photo Contest, attracting over 200 entries! Visit http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/wbw_2007_photo_contest.htm to view the winning photos.

Witness the Breast Crawl!

Every newborn, when placed on the mother's abdomen, soon after birth, has the ability to find her mother's breast all on her own and to decide when to take the first breastfeed. This is called the `Breast Crawl'. It is nature's miraculous way of initiating breastfeeding. This project is undertaken by UNICEF Maharashtra and BPNI Maharashtra. Go to http://breastcrawl.org/ and download the free video documentary.

What is the Initiation Rate in Your Country?

The State of the World's Breastfeeding Report Card, compiled by IBFAN Asia, shows the statistic on the initiation of breastfeeding within one hour. Go to http://www.ibfanasia.org/ to find out if your country has such info. If the rate is high, great! If it is low or no data at all, this is an opportunity for you to approach your health ministries on the importance of such crucial data!

Synchronized Breastfeeding Worldwide Campaign

Last year, Philippines broke the record for the Guinness World Record on Simultaneous Breastfeeding in a Single Site with 3,541 motherbabies in Manila. In total, more than 16,000 motherbabies breastfed throughout the Philippines simultaneously. This year, the organizing group Children for Breastfeeding, in partnership with WABA, is planning for the first ever attempt to foster cooperation among nations to set and break its own record and to achieve a common goal, beyond mere competition among nations for the Guinness World Records. The idea is simple: Organise at least 100 breastfeeding motherbabies at one site and be part of the network around the world! If you are interested to join in making history with this WBW project, please contact Children for Breastfeeding children_for_breastfeeding@yahoo.com and WABA waba@streamyx.com.

What's Happening in your Country?

Go to http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/worldwide.htm to find out who does what where. If you would like to announce your event, please send a synopsis (a paragraph) on what you are planning to do, when and where, to waba@streamyx.com.

Happy preparing for World Breastfeeding Week 2007!

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is a global network of individuals and organisations concerned with the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding worldwide based on the Innocenti Declarations, the Ten Links for Nurturing the Future and the WHO/UNICEF Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding. Its core partners are International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), La Leche League International (LLLI), International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), Wellstart International and Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM). WABA is in consultative status with UNICEF and an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).

WABA, PO Box 1200, 10850 Penang, Malaysia
Tel: 604-658 4816 Fax: 604-657 2655
Email: waba@streamyx.com

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