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).

World Breastfeeding Week 2005

What is the WBW?

The World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is the greatest outreach vehicle for the breastfeeding movement, being celebrated in over 120 countries. Officially it is celebrated from 1–7 August. However, groups may choose other dates to make it a more successful event in their countries. Please contact the breastfeeding group listed in the action folder nearest to you. 

Family Eating Together

What is this year's WBW theme all about?

This year’s WBW aims to :

  • Draw attention to the value of continuing to breastfeed children to 2 years or beyond.

  • Raise awareness of the risks and costs of introducing other foods and drinks to breastfed babies before 6 months, thereby strengthening support for 6 months exclusive breastfeeding.

  • Up-date information and ideas  about the kinds of other foods and drinks needed by older breastfed babies and young children after 6 months.

  •  Share ideas for making complementary feeding easier, healthier and a time for learning  and love.

Mother spoon feeding baby

Downloadable Material
To download, please  right-click your mouse on the link and choose "Save Target As.."

WBW 2005 Calendar:

WBW 2005 Action Folder:
English: Text only| Complete: PDF

10 Guiding Principles for Complementary Feeding:
Arabic| English | French | Spanish

Supplementary Information Sheet
WBW 2005 Poster: English
Letters of Support:
English | French | Spanish

From WHO | FAO
Press Release
Images for Download: Page 1 | Page 2

Mother breastfeeding

Share your stories with us! 

Sharing your wonderful work will show linkage and solidarity with the global WBW campaign. We would be happy to hear from you about your efforts in promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding! Send your reports, materials you have produced or photos, if any, to PO Box 1200, 10850 Penang, Malaysia or email us. You could also download the Feedback Form (right-click your mouse on the link and choose "Save Target As.."), fill it up and fax it to us at

SPONSORSHIP:  WABA does not accept sponsorship of any kind from companies producing breastmilk substitutes, related equipment and complementary foods. WABA encourages all participants of World Breastfeeding Week to respect and follow this ethical stance. All WABA materials are NOT TO BE USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH or BY BUSINESS INTERESTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE PRODUCTION or SALE of breastmilk substitutes, related equipment, breastpumps and complementary foods.

WBW participants reproducing or adapting WABA materials in total or in part, should credit WABA, by reproducing the WBW logo in their materials. Please send a copy of all translations and adaptations of WABA/WBW materials to the WABA Secretariat. 

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