Breastfeeding is one of the best investments in saving lives and improving the health, social and economic development of individuals and nations. In Nigeria, breastfeeding is universal with almost all babies being breastfed.
However, the practice of EBF is rare with only 17% of children younger than six months being exclusively breastfed.
The 2019 World Breastfeeding Week was themed ‘“Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding”. This week was celebrated from August 1- 7, 2019.
The slogan for this year’s World Breastfeeding Week was chosen to be inclusive of all types of parents in today’s world. Focusing on supporting both parents to be empowered is vital in order to realise their breastfeeding goals.
The goal for the 2019 World event was to create awareness about the important role of men in the promotion of breastfeeding among Nigerian women.
This year’s World Breastfeeding Week Workshop will be held on the 8th of August 2019 at the American Corner, Co-Creation Hub, Lagos.
The focus of this workshop is to educate attendees about the importance of this year’s theme, get feedback from fathers present, learn about how the US encourages and supports breastfeeding through policies and flexible working environments as well as present a summary of the week’s activities.