Health Days 2021

World Breastfeeding Week

Introduction:
Breastfeeding is one of the best investments for saving infant lives and improving the health, social and economic development of individuals and nations. Therefore, breastfeeding is observed during the first week of August every year, to protect, promote and support the breastfeeding, creating an environment suitable for infants and babies for improving their feeding patterns during normal times and in emergencies to ensure that their nutritional needs are met.

Objectives:
  • Informing people about the links between breastfeeding and the environment.
  • Anchoring breastfeeding as a smart decision.
  • Engaging with individuals and organizations to achieve greater impact.
  • Galvanizing action on improving the health of the planet and people through breastfeeding.
Facts: 
  • Breast milk is the ideal food for infants. It is safe and contains antibodies that help protect infants from common childhood illnesses.
  • Breastmilk provides all the energy and nutrients that the infant needs for the first months of life, and it continues to provide up to half or more of a child's nutritional needs during the second half of the first year, and up to one third during the second year of life.
  • Breastfed children perform better on intelligence tests, are less likely to be overweight or obese and less prone to diabetes later in life.
  • Women who breastfeed also have a reduced risk of breast and ovarian cancers.
Official Date:
Globally: August 1st-7th, 2021
Locally: Dhu al-Hijjah 22nd-28th, 1442H

Theme:
(Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility)
 
References:
MOH, World Health Days 2020



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