World Breastfeeding Week
World Breastfeeding Week has been celebrated every year since 1995. While its goal is to inform and sensitize all of us, and mothers in particular, above all it aims to mobilize the entire community.
The objective of World Breastfeeding Week 2008 is to:
This year’s theme is: "Mother Support: Going for the Gold. Everyone Win!"
In Côte d’Ivoire, intensified promotion of breastfeeding began in November 1991 thanks to the “Baby-Friendly Hospitals” initiative driven by the Ministry of Public Health and Social Affairs, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the International Baby Food Action Network Côte d'Ivoire (IBFAN-CI).
The results of the third Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS3) shows a decrease in the exclusive breastfeeding rate of 4.3% in 2006, compared to 11.6% in 2002 (MICS figures, respectively). This drop may be related to the insufficient number of counseling trainers for maternal breastfeeding in hospitals with the Baby-Friendly Label. Today, because of the professional mobility of trained health workers, none of the originally 114 Baby-Friendly Hospitals actually fulfills the criteria applied to Baby-Friendly Hospitals. And only 21 out of 116 Peer Support Groups initially formed are still operational.
In Côte d’Ivoire, promotion of exclusive maternal breastfeeding until the age of 6 months and continued breastfeeding until the age of 2 years or more requires: