World breastfeeding week comes up annually between 1st -7th August . This year all state chapters of the society are encouraged to commemorate this event.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal health and development, followed by complementary foods while continuing breastfeeding for up to two years or beyond. However, currently fewer than 40% of infants under six months of age are exclusively breastfed worldwide.
Public health awareness events such as World Breastfeeding Week, as well as training of health professionals and planning, aim to increase this number.
Let us raise our voices this year by advocating for Exclusive Breastfeeding.
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