It’s World Breastfeeding Week 2017! World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated from August 1-7 each year. It is a celebration and promotion of breastfeeding.
Last year World Breastfeeding Week celebrated breastfeeding as a key to sustainable development. Sustainability is all about living in a way that is sustainable to future generations.
Last year’s theme was based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a global agenda to transform our world over the next 15 years by 2030. These 17 goals were created by world leaders and are aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity.
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.
The World Breastfeeding Week’s 25th year in 2017 is about working together for the common good!
#WBW2017 will call on advocates and activists, decision-makers and celebrants to forge new and purposeful partnerships. Together, let’s attract political support, media attention, participation of young people and widen our pool of celebrants and supporters.
Only then can we campaign for a generation and commit to achieving the SDGs by 2030.
Sustainable development is essentially about ecology, economy and equity.
WBW2017 celebrates working together for the common good, which produces sustainable results, greater than the sum of our individual efforts. Evidence on the benefits of breastfeeding is already available to us. We know that breastfeeding aids the survival of infants and helps them thrive, has long-term health benefits for women, yields economic benefits and enhances the wellbeing of all. The challenge for champions of breastfeeding is to translate globally agreed policies to positive action in our communities.