It is World Breastfeeding Week 2013!

Happy World Breastfeeding Week! This week is highlighted and celebrated every 1st-7th of August. According to the World Health Organization, it is celebrated in 170 countries throughout the world as a way to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies. That’s a lot of celebrating!

The theme for this year’s celebrations is Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers, highlighting the role of Breastfeeding Peer Counselling. Living in a society such as ours, we don’t always get to see breastfeeding done openly and we don’t always have a close network of people that we can turn to for support as it isn’t unusual to live away from close family and friends. Having someone to go to at any point of your breastfeeding experience can make a world of difference, whether it is to offer emotional support, practical support, or answer questions about a new stage of your breastfeeding journey. Breastfeeding peer supporters can fill this need and are an invaluable resource to our communities. Find out more information here.

Have you met with any local breastfeeding peer supporters?

How are you celebrating World Breastfeeding Week? Did anyone participate in any Big Latch On events like this one in Oxford?

To all of you that have breastfed your babies, be it for a day, a month, a year or four years, enjoy celebrating this week!