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National Breastfeeding Month is celebrated in August every year, and is dedicated to raising awareness of the importance and benefits of chest/breastfeeding for both infants and parents.
Organizations in the lactation space provide families with support, resources, and information, encouraging them to make informed choices, and overcome barriers they may experience.
How did breastfeeding month begin? It started with the Innocenti Declaration, which was produced and adopted by participants at the WHO/UNICEF policymakers’ meeting on “Breastfeeding in the 1990s: A Global Initiative”. The global focused World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) was launched in 1992 and is celebrated every August 1-7 in commemoration of the Innocenti Declaration. The United States focused National Breastfeeding Month (NBM) was launched in 1990. The United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) officially declared August as National Breastfeeding Month on August 6, 2011 and since then it has been celebrated annually!
National Breastfeeding Month aims to raise awareness of racial disparities in chest/breastfeeding numbers and work towards reducing them by providing culturally sensitive support, education, and resources to communities that face more significant challenges in chest/breastfeeding. During the month of August, various campaigns, events, educational programs, and themed weeks are organized to promote chest/breastfeeding.
Healthy Horizons is also sponsoring two free events for Breastfeeding Month. An in-person Breastfeeding Awareness Walk on August 5, 2023 in Burlingame, California. Details can be found here on Facebook. As well as a virtual event on Introducing Solids & Food Sensitivities on August 17, 2023 that will be livecast on YouTube and Facebook. Details can be found here on YouTube, or here on Facebook.
National Breastfeeding Month serves as a time to celebrate and recognize the importance of breastfeeding for the health and well-being of mothers, babies, and communities. By highlighting its benefits and advocating for supportive policies, we can empower more women and families to choose to breastfeed, and create a nurturing environment where every parent feels supported on their chest/breastfeeding journey. Let's join hands in celebrating this beautiful and natural bond between a parent and their child and work towards a society that embraces and supports chest/breastfeeding!