World Breastfeeding Week empowers parents
Published at: 09 Aug 2019
WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK IS A GLOBAL CAMPAIGN CO-ORDINATED BY THE WORLD ALLIANCE FOR BREASTFEEDING ACTION (WABA) CELEBRATED FROM AUGUST 1 TO 7.
The week aims to inform, anchor, engage and galvanise action on breastfeeding and related issues.
This year’s theme is ‘Empower parents, enable breastfeeding’ and this year’s campaign aims to address labour and gender inequalities to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
The World Health Organisation has outlined its recommendations for breastfeeding.
According to WHO, breastfeeding is the normal way of providing young infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development.
WHO says virtually all mothers can breastfeed, provided they have accurate information, and the support of their family, the health care system and society in general.
Colostrum, the yellowish, sticky breast milk produced at the end of pregnancy, is recommended by WHO as the perfect food for a newborn, and feeding should be initiated within the first hour after birth.
Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to six months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.
GOULBURN VALLEY HEALTH'S LACTATION CLINIC
OPEN MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS AT 69-71 NUMURKAH RD, SHEPPARTON
• Provides support to help women start to breastfeed or continue to breastfeed
• Comfortable, home-like environment
• Typically supports mothers with babies up to six months
• Used by more than 500 women each year
• Stay for up to eight hours for multiple feeds
• Friendly support from trained lactation consultants
To book an appointment at the GV Health Lactation Clinic phone (03) 5831 1370; no referral necessary.