World Breastfeeding Week has been celebrated since 1992. From August 1st-7th, over 120 countries worldwide will unite their voice towards the protection, promotion and support to this right.
The initiative is coordinated by the WABA (World Alliance of Breastfeeding Action), an international network of persons and organisms that work in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF)
This year’s theme is “¡Communicate! Breastfeeding: a 3D experience”, and the goal is to raise awareness that by sharing experience and perceptions in support to breastfeeding there is “a true tridimensional experience lived: an opportunity to reach out to the community, a future investment towards health and an unified visión via which we can perceive the world”.
In the Dominican Republic the activities for World Breastfeeding Week focused the attention of the media in an event featuring the participation of 77 mothers, all of them whom, for one minute’s time, simultaneous nursed their babies, thus joining the world chain of synchronized breastfeeding, which took place worldwide on August 8th.
The Right to Breastfeed
The Convention on the Rights of the Child recognises that every girl and boy has the inherent right to life, and aims to guarantee his/her survival and development. Breastfeeding during the first hour after birth helps ensure the newborn baby’s survival. Women have the right to this knowledge and to receive the support they need to start breastfeeding correctly.