Friday, August 1, 2014

World Breastfeeding Week 2014 Kick Off

Every year from August 1st through August 7th the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action coordinates a World Breastfeeding Week to promote the importance of Breastfeeding. This year the theme is "BREASTFEEDING: A Winning Goal - For Life" and is geared toward asserting the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding. The goals theme and goals this year are aligned with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were set by countries and the United Nations as goals for 2015 and beyond.
The objectives of World Breastfeeding Week for 2014 include:
1. To inform people about the MGDs and how they relate to breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF)
2. To showcase the progress made so far and the key gaps in improving breastfeeding and IYCF
3. To call attention to the importance of stepping up actions to protect, promote and support breastfeeding as a key intervention in the MGDs
4. To stimulate interest in young people of both genders to see the relevance of breastfeeding in today's changing world.
I am excited that to celebrate and promote World Breastfeeding Week 2014 through the sharing of personal stories by friends, family and Naturally Crafty Mom blog followers about their personal stories of overcoming Breastfeeding Obstacles.  I feel fortunate that these women and moms have taken the time out of their busy schedules to share their experience so that other mom's can learn, empathize and know that they too can overcome these obstacles.  As nursing mothers it is our duty to support other nursing or prospective nursing mothers for breastfeeding success!
Check back here every day through the 7th for new personal stories, each story will have their own post and I will update this post daily with links to all of the published stories.  I hope you enjoy all of the personal stories as much as I have and can identify with them or use them to help others who may be experiencing the same thing.

Published Stories:

It's Not a Fire Hydrant, It's My Boob
The Working Mother
Keep Calm and Breastfeed On
The Quest Continues
Not All Obstacles are Physical

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