This year’s theme for World Breastfeeding Week is “Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet.” In line with this theme, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) are calling on governments to protect and promote women’s access to skilled breastfeeding counselling, a critical component of breastfeeding support.
WHO and UNICEF have issued a message that describes having and accessing skilled lactation counselling services, the global monetary savings and reduced annual global infant deaths due to breastfeeding, and their call to world governments to promote breastfeeding, invest in and provide skilled lactation counselling services, as well as to protect health care workers from unethical influences of the artificial baby milk and baby food industries.
Health-e-Learning (the sister company of Step 2 Education International Inc.) has produced an excellent short YouTube video discussing "Green Feeding" and how breastfeeding protects our planet in a wide variety of ways. To access the video, follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1w-7nqT-OAM
Happy World Breastfeeding Week 2020! And thank you to each one of you working in the field of lactation to make skilled breastfeeding services available to families around the world.
Kathy Parkes, MSN-Ed, RN, IBCLC, FILCA CHC
Professional Development Educator
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