World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from August 1st to 7th in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It commemorates the Declaration made by WHO (World Health Organization) and UNICEF policy-makers in August 1990 to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is the best way to provide newborns with the nutrients they need. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding until a baby is six months old, and continued breastfeeding with the addition of nutritious complementary foods for up to two years or beyond.
The local celebration is Saturday, August 6th at the Roadrunner’s Shelter in the front of Centennial Park near the Symphony Restaurant from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The theme of this year’s celebration is “The Miracle of a Mother’s Love.” Activities include games, face painting, balloons, treats and chalk art.