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World Breastfeeding Week

What is World Breastfeeding Week?

August 1-7 1995 is the fourth annual World Breastfeeding Week. The date marks the anniversary of the Innocenti Declaration, and provides an excellent opportunity for all concerned to join in world wide celebration and action. World Breastf eeding Week was initiated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), a global umbrella organization initiated by UNICEF.

Mother breastfeeding and daughter breastfeeding dollWomen want to do the best for their babies and most will choose to breastfeed and can do so, if they have adequate support, correct information, and are free from various obstacles.

Empowering women to breastfeed gives women the ability to act and the right to do so. A conducive breastfeeding environment is one that ensures that women have the right to correct information to make informed choices, the right to legal protection and social support for breastfeeding in public and at work, and the right to skilled counselling and sympathetic support.

World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7 1995, focused on ways a community can help women secure these rights. Family members, hospitals, schools, public places, government and private workplace, the media, the courts, women's organizations, development organizations, everyone has an active role in supporting breastfeeding.

1995 Theme - Breastfeeding: Empowering Women

This year's theme, "Empowering Women" touches on many issues including;

Why aren't women being told that...

The Goals of World Breastfeeding Week 1995

  1. To raise awareness that the right to motherhood, including breastfeeding, is an important women's issue.
  2. To sensitize communities and encourage them to be active in supporting breastfeeding
  3. To link breastfeeding with national and international activities for the World Conference on Women in Beijing September 1995.

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Michelle Poirier versus the BC Ministry of Municipal Affairs

World Breastfeeding Week