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World Breastfeeding Week 2014!

We are a few days away from World Breastfeeding Week 2014 taking place between Aug1-7, and the WABA is pleased update you on various resources we have made available for your use.

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Visit World Breastfeeding Week website

WABA Statement on Father's Day 2014

WABA is pleased to share with you a Father's Day message.

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WABA Statement on Mother's Day 2014

WABA is pleased to share with you a Mother's Day message from our Mother Support Task Force. The message has been translated into 4 different languages.

To read the full message, please click the links below:


WABA Statement on International Labour Day 2014
Simple measures can plug widening gender gap in employment

The gender gap in employment has widened during the Global Economic Crisis. In April 2014 Guy Rider, the ILO Director-General is quoted as saying "Inequalities have widened and the wage share in GDP fallen in many countries, including the world’s largest economies and female participation rates lag those of males in all countries."

To read the full statement, please click here

World Health Day, April 7, 2014:
Small Bites, Big Threats

Join La Leche League International (LLLI) and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) in celebration of World Health Day 2014.

Vector-borne diseases are infectious diseases spread by intermediate organisms, such as insects and snails that transmit viruses, parasites, and bacteria to humans. These diseases cause a high burden of illness and death for individuals, their families, and communities, especially in poorer countries; they lead to school absenteeism, worsening of poverty, a negative impact on the economic productivity, high health costs and overloaded health systems in countries.

To view the full LLLI and WABA Joint Statement, please click here.

World Health Day theme at WHO website

International Women’s Day
Equality for women is progress for all

In conjunction with International Women’s Day (IWD) which falls on 8th March, WABA invites you to take this time to reflect on the social changes necessary to ensure full economic, political and social equality for all women – especially breastfeeding mothers who face numerous challenges in their quest to provide the best for their children and families.

WABA calls upon individuals and communities to recognise the value of breastfeeding to women, children, families and communities. Full equality for breastfeeding mothers would in fact contribute toward progress for all.

For the full WABA statement please click here.

United Nations IWD theme please click here

WABA Response to the recent media flurry over the paper by Cynthia Colen, "Is breast truly best? Estimating the effects of breastfeeding on long term child health and well being in the United States using sibling comparison" (Colen CG, Ramey DM, Social Science and Medicine 2014), by Dr Felicity Savage (WABA Chairperson).

Every year or so we hear of a paper which hits the headlines all over the world because it casts doubt on the "benefits of breastfeeding". It is as if society is looking for a release from the pressure to breastfeed – a global sigh of relief, we don’t have to struggle any more!

Cynthia Colen has chosen an unfortunate title for her paper – because it does not in fact examine whether "breast is truly best". It does not look at children under four years of age, so it does not report at all on the many health problems resulting from formula feeding in neonates, infants and young children. It would be tragic if, as a result of reading a newspaper report about the study, mothers decided they need not bother with breastfeeding their baby. See more here

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The WABA Coordinated World Breastfeeding Week is part of the gBICS (Global Breastfeeding Initiative for Child Survival) Programme entitled: "Enhancing Breastfeeding Rates Contributes to Women's Rights, Health, and a Sustainable Environment". The gBICS Programme aims to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development - beyond the Millennium Development Goals - by scaling up breastfeeding and infant and young child interventions and transforming Policies into Practice which contributes to efforts aimed at addressing climate change and gender inequality in the framework of human rights. WABA is grateful to NORAD (the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation) for its support of gBICS.

News from around
Day of Action: get out from under the influence of a lifetime of formula marketing
by neobfmd

As health care providers, we are responsible for providing unbiased information to our patients. The truth about "infant nutrition" is that human milk is NOT just nutrition -- it is an amazingly complex fluid containing living cells, antibodies, growth factors and other substances that allow babies to thrive as well as to grow. Why would we want to even suggest that families should spend their money on a substitute if they don't have to?

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ICPD Beyond 2014 Expert Meeting on Women's Health - rights, empowerment and social determinants 30th September - 2nd October, Mexico City
From 30th September to 2nd October UNFPA in collaboration with WHO convened an expert consultation meeting on Women's Health- rights, empowerment and social determinants.

Please click here for more information about how does breastfeeding contribute to women's health and fertility.

For more information about the meeting, please visit ICPD page

IBFAN-GIFA, in collaboration with IBFAN groups in the countries sent 4 Alternative Reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child for its 64th session (Sept-October 2013)

These reports concerned the countries of China, Kuwait, Lithuania, Luxembourg. Many thanks to the IBFAN groups in the countries that collaborated for the preparation of these reports. The Committee addressed State parties recommendations on breastfeeding, health care and business sector. Please find below a summary of the discussions and recommendations on breastfeeding. For the full report, please click here.

Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2013
to be launched in Berlin, Bogota, Rome, Vienna, and many more cities!

This October, representatives of the civil society groups and partner organizations that collaborated to produce the sixth annual edition of Right to Food and Nutrition Watch will launch the publication in over 30 countries in the lead-up to World Food Day on October 16. The key message of Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2013: Alternatives and Resistance to Policies that Generate Hunger is that people's participation in the planning, development and implementation of alternatives to dominant policies in food, agriculture and nutrition is needed to challenge the current balance of power and effectively tackle hunger. It is of utmost importance to engage rights holders – people, communities and their organizations - in the design and implementation of policies that affect their daily lives.

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First UK study funded by UNICEF shows that investing in breastfeeding support could save the National Health Service millions of pounds.

The study entitled "Preventing disease and saving resources: the potential contribution of increasing breastfeeding rates in the UK", was led by Professor Mary Renfrew, a member of the WABA International Advisory Council (IAC). The study takes a detailed look at the costs of not breastfeeding in the UK. The report is available from UNICEF Baby Friendly UK, see: their website

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