I have been looking for an excuse to use this photo ~ given to me by a dear friend who is NOT a birth professional but aware of my passion for birth and breastfeeding!
With only 18 days left until World Breastfeeding Week, you may want to start your own campaign! With the amazing free downloads available from The World Breastfeeding Week website, you quickly have posters, videos, research, and press materials at your fingertips!
The theme for the 2009 World Breastfeeding Week is "Breastfeeding~a vital emergency response. Are you Ready?" The focus is to reinforce the vital role that breastfeeding plays in emergency response worldwide. Sub-optimal breastfeeding practices are responsible for 1.4 million deaths of children under 5 years in low-income countries and settings world wide.
Plus a staggering 1/5 of neonatal deaths could be prevented by early initiation of exclusive breastfeeding within the first hour of life.
The purpose of the 2009 World Breastfeeding Week is to to draw attention to the vital role that breastfeeding plays in emergencies worldwide; to stress the need for active protection and support of breastfeeding before and during emergencies; to inform mothers, breastfeeding advocates, communities, health professionals, governments, aid agencies, donors, and the media on how they can actively support breastfeeding before and during an emergency; and to mobilise action and nurture networking and collaboration between those with breastfeeding skills and those involved in emergency response.
Also at the World Breastfeeding Week website are the winners of the WBW Photo Contest and an important handout on the Myths vs. Realities of breastfeeding!
Don't delay - download your free materials today! Need more WBW supplies? Check out the balloons, stickers and tshirts at Noodle Soup!