IYCN supports World Breastfeeding Week 2009

After flooding caused by a hurricane in Cabaret, Haiti, IYCN helped educate mothers about good breastfeeding practices at a community event in December 2008.

The theme for this year’s World Breastfeeding Week, August 1–7, 2009, is Breastfeeding: A Vital Emergency Response. Are you ready? The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action’s (WABA) annual campaign will highlight the vital role of breastfeeding before and during emergencies worldwide.

The IYCN Project supports WABA’s call for increased efforts to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding in emergencies. During earthquakes, floods, conflicts, and other crises, good breastfeeding and complementary feeding practices save lives and prevent malnutrition and childhood illnesses.

Check back for updates on IYCN’s World Breastfeeding Week activities in the field.

Visit the World Breastfeeding Week website.