Focus on Breastfeeding
August is full of breastfeeding promotions. Each year since 1992, World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) has been celebrated from August 1-7. These worldwide activities and campaigns are coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action; WBW is a “global campaign to raise awareness and galvanize action on themes related to breastfeeding” and this year is dedicated to Support Breastfeeding For a Healthier Planet.
Here in the US, beginning in 2011, August was declared to be the National Breastfeeding Month and the theme for 2020 is Many Voices United. Every week throughout the month honors a dedicated theme to spotlight awareness and encourage support for a variety of communities.
Week 1 (August 1-7): World Breastfeeding Week: Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet; and USDA 2020 National WIC Breastfeeding Week: Breastfeeding Takes All of Us
Week 2 (August 9-15): Native Breastfeeding Week: Strong. Resilient. Latched.
Week 3 (August 16-24): Spotlight on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies
Week 4 (August 25-31): Black Breastfeeding Week: Revive. Restore. Reclaim
In Arizona, we celebrate this month with promotions all month long throughout the state in our WIC Program as well as through various breastfeeding conferences. Each year during WBW, the Arizona Department of Health Services host a no cost lactation education conference, called LATCH-AZ. To learn more about any of these events, year round breastfeeding training opportunities, online breastfeeding courses, the 24-Hr Breastfeeding Hotline, or to contact a member of the ADHS breastfeeding team please visit gobreastmilk.org.