The theme of the World Breastfeeding Week 2016 is on raising awareness about the links between breastfeeding and the Sustainable Development Goals. By knowing the fact that breastfeeding is vital to sustainable development, making us value our general wellbeing from the birth, respecting each other and caring for the world at large.
“Not only is Breastfeeding the cornerstone of a healthy development of a child; it is also the foundation of a country’s development.”
The World Breastfeeding Week 2016 celebrates the start of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A comprehensive approach by making use of the sustainability theme is thus inclusive and relevant.
By linking breastfeeding to SDGs, the breastfeeding movement will now be able to connect with a variety of development issues over the next 15 years (by 2030) for maximum impact.
Breastfeeding significantly contributes to cognitive and mental development, consequently promoting learning!
Objectives of The World Breastfeeding Week 2016
INFORM – To get people informed about the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how they relate to breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF).
FIRMLY ANCHOR – To firmly anchor breastfeeding as a major component of sustainable development.
GALVANISE – To galvanize various actions at all stages on breastfeeding and IYCF in the new era of the SDGs.
ENGAGE – To collaborate and engage with a wider range of actors around protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding.
The World Health Organization has regarded breast milk as the “ideal food” for both infants and newborns. Breast milk provides infants with all the required nutrients for their healthy development. It also comprises antibodies that help in protecting babies from common childhood illnesses
Breastfeeding plays a huge role in preventing numerous infant illnesses and curb deaths in several developing countries.
Breastfeeding has been revealed to curb the rates of pneumonia and diarrhea in infants. These are two of the main causes of infant mortality all-round the globe. Studies were also able to estimate that if all women were able to breastfeed their newborn within the first hour of life, over 800,000 infant lives per year could be saved globally.
Breastfeeding benefits the overall health of infants, as well as mothers. Breastfeeding has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer, type 2 diabetes, ovarian cancer and postpartum depression. Breastfeeding has been confirmed to help in spacing out births at a maintainable interval for the health of the mother. This is crucial in remote and developing regions that lack access to methods of family planning.