World Breastfeeding Week is an annual event August 1 to 7 in more than 120 countries. It was celebrated first in 1992 by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA).
The focus of this celebration is to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. Breastfeeding has immediate and long lasting health benefits by providing critical nutrients for babies. Breastfed babies have stronger immune systems and lower risks of obesity, ear infections and diarrheal diseases. There are also short-term and long-term health benefits for mothers who breastfeed. There is evidence to show that women who breastfeed have a lower risk of ovarian, cervical and breast cancers. They are less likely to develop osteoporosis later in life. There are tremendous economic and ecological benefits as well which make for a healthier planet.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) both emphasize the value of breastfeeding for mothers and children. They recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life and then supplement the breastfed baby from 6 months and beyond.
WBW commemorates the Innocenti Declaration developed by WHO and UNICEF starting in August of 1990 to bring awareness and a mission to protect and support breastfeeding.
The Birthing Suites here at Sharon Hospital have 3 International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC). They, along with the vision of Director Joan Pezzano and a highly competent staff, are here to make the birth process a safe and caring experience for women.