August is National Breastfeeding Awareness Month and August 1 – 7 is World Breastfeeding Week, which is celebrated every year in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.
It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration signed in August 1990 by government policymakers, WHO, UNICEF and other organizations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
Breastfeeding is the best way to provide infants with the nutrients they need. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding starting within one hour after birth until a baby is six months old. Nutritious complementary foods should then be added while continuing to breastfeed for up to two years or beyond.
The World Health Organization has a number of informative breastfeeding info graphics, which can be downloaded here, including:
- Breastfeeding: Before Your Baby Is Born
- Breastfeeding: When Your Baby Is Born
- Breastfeeding: When You Go Home
- Breastfeeding Support: Dads
- Breastfeeding Support: Workplace
Also, Fit Pregnancy Magazine’s Ultimate Guide to Breastfeeding is a terrific resource for all you new moms.