World Breastfeeding Week 2013

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Show your support for breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week (August 1st to August 7th) this year! This year’s theme  “Close to Mothers” highlights Breastfeeding Peer Counseling. Even when mothers are able to get off to a good start, all too often in the weeks or months after delivery there is a sharp decline in breastfeeding rates, and practices, particularly exclusive breastfeeding. The period when mothers do not visit a healthcare facility is the time when a community support system for mothers is essential. Continued support to sustain breastfeeding can be provided in a variety of ways. Traditionally, support is provided by the family. As societies change, however, in particular with urbanization, support for mothers from a wider circle is needed, whether it is provided by trained health workers, lactation consultants, community leaders, or from friends who are also mothers, and/or from fathers/partners.

Learn more about the benefits of breastfeeding and World Breastfeeding Week 2013, and check out @MLibraryHealthy Twitter for breastfeeding updates from August 1st to August 7th!

 

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