8/3/16 – Written by Trisha Chaudhary, Development and Communications Intern
In 2011, the United States Breastfeeding Committee declared August “Breastfeeding Awareness Month”, and the first week of August every year is World Breastfeeding Week. This year’s World Breastfeeding Week theme was about raising awareness of the links between breastfeeding and the Sustainable Development Goals. UNICEF and the World Health Organization have stated that “Breastfeeding is not only the cornerstone of a child’s healthy development; it is also the foundation of a country’s development.”
According to the World Alliance for Breastfeeding, breastfeeding provides the foundation for lifelong health and well-being. Children and mothers who do not breastfeed are at greater risk for many conditions including acute and chronic illness for children, and breast and ovarian cancer for mothers.
Breastfeeding is a topic that WellShare’s Community Health Workers (CHWs) routinely educate and inform communities about. The Spacing Pregnancies Program for East African and Karen Communities covers topics such as breastfeeding induced contraception, family planning, sexually transmitted diseases, and much more. WellShare also has a CHW, Adar Kahin, who is certified as a Community Outreach Perinatal Educator – an important part of which includes breastfeeding support.
Breastfeeding is a vital aspect of ensuring healthy babies and vibrant futures!