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World Breastfeeding Week 1-7 August 2020
Posted on 20 Jul 2020
World Breastfeeding Week aims to highlight the huge benefits that breastfeeding can bring to both the health and welfare of babies, as well as a wider push for maternal health, focusing on good nutrition, poverty reduction and food security.
World breastfeeding Week is organised every year by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), a global network that aims to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
Along the way, it works with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Unicef to get its aid to the right people in the right communities.
Breastfeeding is a skill that takes time to get the hang of.
Lots of mums wonder if their baby's feeding well and getting enough. But once mastered, many women find it's the easiest and most satisfying way to feed their baby.
In 2010, Unicef reported that 8 out of 10 mothers in the UK stop breastfeeding before they want to, and only 1% of mothers exclusively breastfeed until the child is 6 months (as recommended by the WHO).
Whilst breastfeeding is not something that all mothers are able to or wish to do, there are some proven benefits that it has for both mother and baby.For the baby, breastfeeding can help reducing the risk of:
· Childhood leukaemia
· Food allergies
· Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) For the mother, breastfeeding can help to reduce the risk of:
· Breast and ovarian cancer
· Cardiovascular disease
If you would like more information on breastfeeding, please visit www.nhs.uk/start4life/baby/breastfeeding/
or alternatively, contact you midwife, health visitor, or local breastfeeding support group.