World Breastfeeding Week-2008
OBJECTIVES of WBW 2008 To expand awareness of the need for and the value of providing support to a breastfeeding mother To disseminate updated information about support for breastfeeding mothers To encourage the creation of optimal conditions for the provision of mother support in all CIRCLES OF SUPPORT
2017 WBW Brief Description
Since 1992, every year the world observed World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) as an annual event in 120 countries focusing on a single theme. This year the theme is "Mother Support: Going for the Gold" that focuses on the increased support for mothers striving to achieve the gold standard of infant feeding: to breastfeed their babies exclusively for the first six months, and continue breastfeeding together with feeding other appropriate complementary foods, up to two years and beyond. Bangladesh observed WBW ’08 through many programs.
BBF organized the inaugural seminar on 1st August 2008 at Institute of Child and Mother Health (ICMH). Bangladesh Breastfeeding Foundation organized the Inaugural Ceremony at Institute of Child and Mother Health (ICMH) Matuail, Dhaka with the theme Mother Support; Going for the Gold on all people to come forward to establish a healthy world population in order to build a better nation for the next generation. Echoing the legend “give me an educated mother, I will give you an educated nation,” The role of women has broadened considerably and encompasses much more than home and family. Expanded roles strengthen the need for networking. Unfortunatly, many women today do not have a network of support to call upon. Extended family members are not always geographically close, so women rely on non-family members and when available, on technological innovations such as the telephone and Internet. When all things are strong and providing seamless mother support for breastfeeding, the result is truly empowering for future generations.
The objective of observing WBW’08 was to invite public attention, particularly of pregnant women, mothers, health professionals and community leaders to the importance of the Mother Support Group because without the Mother Support Group place, initiatives for babies’ health and survival are undermined. The MSG practices such as counselling with practical support, advertising, and awareness for UP-Chairperson, Member, Imam of local mosque, Teacher, FWV, FWA, Health Worker, Doctors, Nurse, Local NGOs and Government worker. They will decide who will lead the groups. By this support every mothers can feed their babies exclusively and proper complementary feeding with breastfeeding up to two years.