Exclusive breastfeeding (a diet of breast milk only with no other liquids or solids—not even water) for the first six months of a child’s life is one of the most important interventions to ensure a child’s survival, healthy growth and development, with positive lifelong effects for both children and mothers.
World Breastfeeding Week is being celebrated from 1–7 August 2018 in more than 176 countries by over 1.5 million individuals. This year’s theme is Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life. Breastfeeding prevents hunger and malnutrition in all its forms and ensures food security for babies, even in times of crises. With no additional burden on household income, breastfeeding is a low-cost way of feeding babies and contributes to poverty reduction. Nutrition, food security and poverty reductions are fundamental to achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. (WBW 2018)
For World Vision, World Breastfeeding Week celebrations highlight our ongoing efforts to protect, promote and breastfeeding as a key intervention in addressing malnutrition. World Vision supports the global goal of increasing the prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding to 50% by 2025.
- Understand how World Vision supports breastfeeding.
- Learn Key Facts About Breastfeeding and access additional useful resources
- Check out The Breastfeeding Blogs, with stories of breastfeeding moms supported by ENRICH/1000 Day Journey project
- Read more about supporting breastfeeding moms in fragile contexts
- What are some common myths about breastfeeding in emergencies?
- Check out the World Breastfeeding Week website and the Action Folder
- Sobita from Bangladesh shares her thoughts on breastfeeding her five-month-old daughter, Puja, and what she learned about breastfeeding and nutrition from the ENRICH/1000 Day Journey project
- Watch videos that show World Vision's work with breastfeeding in Tanzania, with refugee mothers in Uganda, and see staff championing breastfeeding in the Philippines.
- Scroll through the breastfeeding photo gallery from the Philippines and from South Sudan
- Learn about World Vision's Mother Baby Friendly Office movement
- Read World Vision’s Op-Ed on Balancing Work and Family Life