The theme for this year’s World Breastfeeding Week focuses on breastfeeding in relation to sustainability:
“Breastfeeding: A Key to Sustainable Development”
In September 2015, the world’s leaders committed to 17 goals aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity. Together, they form the
Sustainable Development Goals.
We all have a part to play in achieving these goals by 2030.
The World Breastfeeding Week 2016 theme is about how breastfeeding is a key element in getting us to think about how to value our wellbeing from the start of life, how to respect each other and care for the world we share.
From the WABA website.
The 17 global goals for sustainable development are:
As none of the 17 goals mention breastfeeding the WABA has created their own goals:
World Breastfeeding Week takes place, like every year, between the 1st and the 7th of August. For more information visit the WABA website.
World Breastfeeding Week and the ABM
To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, the ABM wish to show our commitment to UNICEF’s Call to Action which urges the UK and devolved governments to implement four key actions to create a supportive and enabling environment for women who want to breastfeed. The actions are to develop a National Infant Feeding Strategy Board in each of the four nations; to include actions to promote, protect and support breastfeeding in all policy areas where breastfeeding has an impact; to implement evidence-based initiatives that support breastfeeding, across all maternity, health visiting, neonatal and children’s centre services; and to protect the public from harmful commercial interests by adopting in full the International Code of Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes.
For more information regarding the Call to Action you can visit the UNICEF’s BFI website.
Click here if you wish to read the Call to Action Joint Statement.