The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is a global network of individuals
& organisations concerned with the protection, promotion & support of breastfeeding worldwide.
WABA action is based on the Innocenti Declaration, the Ten Links for Nurturing the Future and the
Global Strategy for Infant & Young Child Feeding. WABA is in consultative status with UNICEF & an NGO
in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).

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Men's Initiative

The WABA Men's Initiative was born in October 2006.

The inaugual meeting was held in Penang, Malaysia, in conjunction with the WABA Gender Training Workshop.

Members of the Men's Working Group comprising of 6 men from Sweden, Swaziland, India, Pakistan and Argentina, developed the Initiative's vision, mission, goals, objectives and action plan.

A world where breastfeeding is a cultural norm and where men support women and families to feed and optimally care for their infants and young children, thus contributing to a just gender equal and healthy society.
To create an enabling environment where men, particularly fathers, participate actively and share responsibilities with women in optimally caring for their infants and young children, through advocacy, education and capacity building.
  • To increase and enhance involvement of fathers in parenting and supporting breastfeeding.
  • To increase the participation of men, especially fathers, childcare, sharing domestic responsibilities, including raising men’s awareness on women’s and children’s rights, reproductive health issues and safe sex.
  • To support efforts that ensures greater gender equality in all societies in order to bring about an enabling environment for breastfeeding, family health and well-being.
WABA MWG New Year Message 2015

A very happy new year to all those men & fathers who support breastfeeding and are our breastfeeding advocates.

This is the time to thankyou all for your support and efforts in raising awareness on breastfeeding and supporting breastfeeding mothers. Keep up the good work and keep sharing with us.

This year the overarching theme of “World Breastfeeding Week” is “Women and Work and Maternity Protection”.

WABA will be focusing its programmes and activities on the theme and will promote and raise awareness on maternity protection, especially among men.

WABA is pleased to announce that the slogan for “World Breastfeeding Week 2015” is “BREASTFEEDING AND WORK: LET’S MAKE IT WORK” For more information, pledges and downloading of materials, please visit WBW page by clicking;

It is proven that in order for working women to successfully perform their dual roles of a mother at home and a worker at their workplace SIMULTANOUSLY, fathers support is of utmost importance. Without a helping partner a mother cannot combine the two demanding roles and she is sometimes forced to sacrifice one for another.

Hence, It is time that men and fathers should get more involved in supporting mothers, especially breastfeeding mothers, be caregivers to their children and compliment mothers in their pursuits, wherever and whenever possible.

Do visit WABA’s Men’s Initiative Facebook page here;
for interesting and encouraging stories, articles, photographs and news about men/fathers and share some of your own stuff with us.
Don’t forget to like the page as well.

Alternatively you can keep visiting our webpage for more information & happenings or drop us an email at;

Naweed Harooni
WABA’s Men’s Initiative,
Programme Coordinator

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Articles added:

Daddy Speaks: NFL Pro 'Justin Forsett' Talks.... Breastfeeding

Fathers Hold Key to Breastfeeding Success

Men's Initiative Newsletters

Bringing Men on Board Maternal and Child Mortality Protection

Childcare And Fatherhood: Scandinavian Perspectives

Secretary-General focuses on role of fathers for International Day of Families

Becoming a Better Dad:
Seven Ways Your Spouse Can Help.

Here are some useful tips for new fathers on " Advice for Daddies from the Mommies"
written by Amenda Schewaga

Research Paper Released. More..
If you would like to share any stories , photographs about fathers , or activity ideas or any links to interesting and relevant content for men's web site, please send an email to . You can also visit facebook page of WABA Men's intiative and post relevant content or your feedback/comments.

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