Breastfeeding Week 2023: The Campaign Supports Workplace-Related Breastfeeding Practices

Breastfeeding Week 2023

We are halfway down World Breastfeeding Week 2023. This year the campaign addresses the difficulties for breastfeeding mothers who are working. The campaign “Let’s make breastfeeding and work, work!” is indeed essential, considering the national laws do not cover over half a billion women in terms of maternity protection.

Further, worldwide only 20% of the countries ask employers to give paid breaks to lactating mothers for feeding their babies or expressing milk.

These data from the Pan American Health Organization are enough to explain why even less than half of the infants under six months are “exclusively breastfed.” The campaign wants to impart that working mothers should not be in a situation where they have to choose between breastfeeding their babies and work.

World Breastfeeding Week 2023 also comes with a certain set of objectives to throw light on the important issue related to childcare and how working mothers can cope with it.

The objectives are to Inform everyone about how working parents perceive parenting and breastfeeding, Anchor for the optimization of paid leaves and workplace facilities to solve breastfeeding-related problems.

Engage at individual and organizational levels so that everyone can collaborate for better breastfeeding support at work, and Galvanise to constantly improve workplace conditions and supports for breastfeeding.

UNICEF, WHO, ministries of health in many countries, and several civil body partners support World Breastfeeding Week or WBW.

This year, keeping the theme of breastfeeding and work in mind, the focus will be entirely on “essential maternity rights.” It especially vouches for maternity rights related to breastfeeding and harps on the importance of a minimum of 18 weeks of maternity leave followed by proper support for breastfeeding at work. This year’s theme and campaign also want to ensure that mothers can continue breastfeeding their children for as long as they wish.

The World Health Organization will observe this week by sticking up for proper practices to support “workplace-related breastfeeding.” Further, the observation will cover many countries, a lot of sectors, and contract types. It will also promote what practices can be adopted to enhance breastfeeding facilities and support for women in the workplace.  

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