Sunday, August 1, 2010

Happy World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 120 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration made by WHO and UNICEF policy-makers in August 1990 to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.  Breastfeeding is the normal way of providing young infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. Virtually all mothers can breastfeed, provided they have accurate information, and the support of their family, the health care system and society at large.  To say I am an avid breastfeeding supporter would be an understatement. I am a very passionate and proud lactivist.  I have practiced extended breastfeeding with all of my children and am currently nursing my youngest.  Here are a few links to help inspire and educate you.  Let's face it parenting is hard, breastfeeding shouldn't be.  Society as a whole needs to embrace the culture of breastfeeding. Parents and caregivers deserve to be inspired, motivated, coached and cheered on!
Le Leche League
Best for Babies
Dr. Sears
101 Reasons to Breastfeed Your Child