World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is an annual celebration which is being held every year from 1 to 7 August. World Breastfeeding Week is coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), a global network of individuals and organisations concerned with the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding worldwide based on the Innocenti Declarations, the Ten Links for Nurturing the Future and the WHO/UNICEF Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding. WABA’s core partners are the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM), International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), La Leche League International (LLLI), and Wellstart International. WABA is in consultative status with UNICEF and an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).
World Breastfeeding Week 2016 (#WBW2016) celebrates links between breastfeeding and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). SDGs are a blueprint for global commitment and action towards equitable development. This year, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) takes up the challenge to frame infant and young child feeding strategies within sustainable development.
World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) has been celebrated since 1992 and is the biggest social mobilisation platform for breastfeeding. Participation has grown steadily and WBW is now celebrated in over 170 countries by more than 1.5 million individuals, with a reach of up to 30 million through mainstream and social media.
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