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Uzbekistan Joins Commemoration of the World Breastfeeding Week2016

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01 August 2016
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The World Breastfeeding Week(WBW) is commemorated from 1 to 7 August annually, and it highlights the support women need to provide their children with the healthiest start in life by breastfeeding. WBW was first celebrated in 1992. Now it involves over 170 countries and is endorsed by UNICEF, World Health Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Pediatric Association.

Giving children the best start in life begins with breastfeeding. But for working women in all contexts, breastfeeding remains a challenge. Join us in empowering and supporting women -especially working women — who breastfeed!

In September 2015, the world’s leaders committed to 17 goals aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity. Together, theyform the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We all have a part to play in achieving these goalsby2030.

The World Breastfeeding Week 2016 theme is‘Breastfeeding: a key to Sustainable Development’and it is about how breastfeeding can get us to think about the value of our wellbeing from the start of life, how to respect each other and care for the world we share.

Even if it might not be obvious at first, we can see how breastfeeding is linked with every single Global Goal and justifies itself as a key component of Sustainable Development.

If you wish to learn more about the link the breastfeeding has to each SDG, please click on the icons below.

  • 1. NO POVERTY. Breastfeeding is a natural and low-cost way of feeding babies and children. It is affordable for everyone and does not burden household budgets compared to artificial feeding. Breastfeeding contributes to poverty reduction.

  • 5. GENDER QUALITY. Breastfeeding is the great equaliser, giving every child a fair and best start in life. Breastfeeding is uniquely a right of women and they should be supported by society to breastfeed optimally. The breastfeeding experience can be satisfying and empowering for the mother as she is in control of how she feeds her baby.

  • 9. INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE. With industrialisation and urbanization the time and space challenges become more prominent. Breastfeeding mothers who work outside the home need to manage these challenges and be supported by employers, their own families and communities. Crèches near the workplace, lactation rooms and breastfeeding breaks can make a big difference.

  • 13. CLIMATE ACTION. Breastfeeding safeguards infant health and nutrition in times of adversity and weather-related disasters due to global warming.

  • 2. ZERO HUNGER. Exclusive breastfeeding and continued breastfeeding for two years and beyond provide high quality nutrients and adequate energy and can help prevent hunger, undernutrition and obesity. Breastfeeding also means food security for infants.

  • 6.CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION. Breastfeeding on demand provides all the water a baby needs, even in hot weather. On the other hand, formula feeding requires access to clean water, hygiene and sanitation.

  • 10. REDUCED INEQUALITIES. Breastfeeding practices differ across the globe. Breastfeeding needs to be protected, promoted and supported among all, but in particular among poor and vulnerable groups. This will help to reduce inequalities.

  • 14. LIFE BELOW WATER. Breastfeeding entails less waste compared to formula feeding. Industrial formula production and distribution lead to waste that pollutes the seas and affects marine life.

  • 3. GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING. Breastfeeding significantly improves the health, development and survival of infants and children. It also contributes to improved health and wellbeing of mothers, both in the short and long term.

  • 7. AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY. Breastfeeding entails less energy when compared to formula production industries. It also reduces the need for water, firewood and fossil fuels in the home.

  • 11. SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES. In the bustle of big cities, breastfeeding mothers and their babies need to feel safe and welcome in all public spaces. When disaster and humanitarian crises strike, women and children are affected disproportionately. Pregnant and lactating women need particular support during such times.

  • 15.LIFE ON LAND. Breastfeeding is ecological compared to formula feeding. Formula production implies dairy farming that often puts pressure on natural resources and contributes to carbon emissions and climate change.

  • 4. QUALITY EDUCATION. Breastfeeding and adequate complementary feeding are fundamentals for readiness to learn. Breastfeeding and good quality complementary foods significantly contribute to mental and cognitive development and thus promote learning.

  • 8. DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTH. Breastfeeding women who are supported by their employers are more productive and loyal. Maternity protection and other workplace policies can enable women to combine breastfeeding and their other work or employment. Decent jobs should cater to the needs of breastfeeding women, especially those in precarious situations.

  • 12. RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION. Breastfeeding provides a healthy, viable, non-polluting, non-resource intensive, sustainable and natural source of nutrition and sustenance.

  • 16. PEACE AND JUSTICE STRONG INSTITUTIONS. Breastfeeding is enshrined in many human rights frameworks and conventions. National legislation and policies to protect and support breastfeeding mothers and babies are needed to ensure that their rights are upheld.

  • 17. THE PARTNERSHIP FOR THE GOALSE. Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding (GSIYCF) fosters multi-sectorial collaboration, and can build upon various partnerships for support of development through breastfeeding programs and initiatives. .

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