World Breastfeeding Week
August 15, 2022
The World Breastfeeding Week, officially established by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF in 1992, is currently the most widespread social movement in defense of breastfeeding. It is celebrated in more than 120 countries, from August 1 to 7, the anniversary of the Declaration of Innocenti, signed by the WHO and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in August 1990 on the protection, promotion and breastfeeding support. In Europe, since August is a typical holiday period, World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is celebrated by mutual agreement in the 41st week of the year. The date was chosen on the understanding that in a pregnancy that began on January 1, the most likely week of delivery and therefore of the start of lactation would be week 41, that is, at the beginning of October. By consensus, in Spain, the majority of Breastfeeding Support Groups begin the celebration of World Breastfeeding Week on the first Sunday of October with various joint events, such as the mother's party, a family event that consists of outdoor activities, either related to breastfeeding or for the general public, and the reading of a manifesto whose content reflects the motto chosen by WABA (World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action) for each year's SMLM. WABA is an international network of people and organizations that works in coordination with WHO and UNICEF, and since 1992 it has been in charge of organizing World Breastfeeding Week every year. To do this, it chooses a motto and proposes a series of topics to be discussed and developed at an international level related to breastfeeding and the rights of women and their children. WABA was founded in 1991 to support UNICEF and governments in achieving the goals of the Declaration of Innocenti.