World Breastfeeding Week is August 1-7, 2010
In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, milkmakers is donating 10% of our profits to Open Arms Perinatal Services, a wonderful organization that works directly with immigrant and low-income women to give them the support they need to succeed with breastfeeding. Please help spread the word and together we can make a real difference in the lives of many.
This year, World Breastfeeding Week marks the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Innocenti Declaration. What is the Innocenti Declaration and why it is so important?
The Innocenti Declaration calls for all governments to develop national breastfeeding policies and set appropriate national targets. By integrating their breastfeeding policies into their overall health and development policies, governments can reinforce protections and support for breastfeeding women and their children.
At a global level, this is about creating a supportive environment for all women and children to reinforce a breastfeeding culture. We can increase women’s confidence in their ability to breastfeed; remove negative influences that manipulate perceptions of breastfeeding; and eliminate obstacles within the health care system, the workplace, and community.
Despite the research showing the benefits of breastfeeding, most American infants are still fed formula. Nearly one-third of all babies never even have the chance to breastfeed. Around 70% of mothers start breastfeeding in the hospital, but fewer than 40% continue more than three months, according to a 2001 National Immunization Survey.
WHY are so few babies breastfed? Differences in cultural customs, education, family support, and income are factors, as are a lack of accommodations for pumping at work and the widespread availability of free formula for low-income mothers. Another challenge has been persuading immigrants to keep the breastfeeding traditions from their home countries when formula can be seen as a luxury. Open Arms Perinatal Services is one of many organizations working to change those numbers, and milkmakers is proud to support their work.
I encourage you to read more about the incredible work Open Arms is doing in the link to our August Newsletter. You will also find great insight into your baby’s breastfeeding instincts from our Lactation Consultant, Renee.