World Breastfeeding Week is commemorated every year from 1-7 of August all over the world to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies (maternal and neonatal health) around the world.
2017 Theme: "Sustaining Breastfeeding Together"
The theme for 2017 World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) has been announced: Sustaining Breastfeeding Together.
In 2016, WABA began the 15-year journey to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by linking each of these goals to breastfeeding. But, we cannot achieve sustainable development without multi-level partnerships at all levels.
THEMATIC AREA 1: NUTRITION, FOOD SECURITY AND POVERTY REDUCTION
WORKING TOGETHER ACROSS SECTORS AND GENERATIONS
Breastfeeding is a vital part of sustainable development and a non-negotiable component of global action to end malnutrition. Increased rates of exclusive and continued breastfeeding can only be achieved by cooperating and collaborating across sectors and generations.
Fortunately, the importance of working in partnership is increasingly recognised as a critical factor and incorporated into many global initiatives. For example, Women Deliver’s Deliver for Good campaign and Every Woman Every Child’s Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health recognise that cross-collaboration is fundamental in achieving the SDGs. The campaigns place access to good nutrition as a central recommendation. Breastfeeding is included as a target to ensure maternal and child survival, health and nutrition.
We must advocate that governments – in partnership with civil-society movements and others working for the common good – create environments that allow women and children to thrive. We must also focus on young people and vulnerable groups, such as adolescents, single mothers, and migrants.
Breastfeeding is not just a woman’s issue or the sole responsibility of a woman – the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding is a collective societal responsibility shared by us all. (Article Source WABA)
Sadly in Nigeria (and the African diaspora) Maternal and neonatal health is not taking seriously and “very little” is being done both by nonprofit organizations, CSO’s and the government alike, NGOs can only do so much with little to no support both from the government (and relevant parastatals), small/medium enterprises, institutions and other establishments; citizen action and participation on the other hand is lukewarm as most people especially youths have misplaced priorities.
Women (especially rural women) have little Or no knowledge on antenatal and post-natal care and in most cases lack access to local health centers
Men (especially in under-developed countries) on the other hand have a lot of misconceptions about pregnancy and post baby process (breastfeeding inclusive); Changing this ugly misconceptions means aggressive education and awareness programs all year-long.
1. Advocate for breastfeeding to be positioned as a vital part of the Sustainable Development Goals by linking it to as many of the SDGs as possible
2. Adopt a multi-sectoral approach to breastfeeding advocacy and implementation of programmes by engaging nutrition, health, labour and finance advocates
3. Use the Return on Investment case as an advocacy tool targeting decision-makers
4. Work together to adopt and implement effective nutrition policies to position nutrition and breastfeeding as basic human rights
5. Ensure that breastfeeding is included in nutrition programmes in both urban and rural communities.