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Published on July 31, 2015

World Breastfeeding Week is observed Aug. 1 - 7

July 31, 2015

Courtesy of the DeKalb County Health Department

Breastfeeding WeekThe DeKalb County Health Department and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) are advocating the benefits of breastfeeding during World Breastfeeding Week, Aug. 1 through Aug. 7. The theme for this year’s annual observance is: “Let’s Make it Work!”

This year’s World Breastfeeding Week calls for concerted global action to support women to combine breastfeeding and work. Research shows that breastfeeding improves short and long term maternal and child health. Breast-fed babies receive everything they need for healthy growth and brain development, including protection from respiratory infections, diarrheal disease, obesity and non-communicable diseases such as asthma and diabetes.

The DeKalb County Health Department welcomes past, present and future moms to their monthly Breastfeeding Club held every 4th Wednesday of the Month from 4-5PM.  A Lactation Consultant will be available to answer your questions and topics related to breastfeeding will be discussed at each session.  The DeKalb County Health Department is located at 2550 North Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb Illinois.  Those with questions can call the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program at 815-758-6673. 

Objectives of World Breastfeeding Week 2015:

1.      Galvanize multi-dimensional support from all sectors to enable women everywhere to work and breastfeed.

2.      Promote actions by employers to become Family/Parent/Baby and Mother-friendly and to actively facilitate and support employed women to continue breastfeeding

3.      Inform people about the latest global Maternity Protection entitlements, and raise awareness of the need to strengthen related national legislation and implementation.

4.      Strengthen, facilitate and showcase supportive practices that enable women working in the informal sector to breastfeed.

5.      Engage with target groups, e.g. with trade unions, workers ‘ rights organizations, women’s groups and youth groups to protect the breastfeeding rights of women in the workplace.

For more information about World Breastfeeding Week, visit the WBW site at worldbreastfeedingweek.org. For more information about the DeKalb County Health Department visit www.dekalbcountyhealthdepartment.org.

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