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World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is a global network of individuals and organisations dedicated to the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding worldwide.

Annually, WABA coordinates and organises the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) between Aug 1-7. Since 2016, we have aligned our WBW campaign to United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We call this WBW-SDGs Campaign.


WHO and UNICEF recommend that children initiate breastfeeding within the first hour of birth and be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life – meaning no other foods or liquids are provided, including water., From the age of 6 months, children should begin eating safe and adequate complementary foods while continuing to breastfeed for up to 2 years and beyond.

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Breastfeeding is key to sustainable development strategies post-pandemic, as it improves nutrition, ensures food security and reduces inequalities between and within countries. The theme is aligned with the thematic area 1 of the WBW-SDG 2030 campaign which highlights the links between breastfeeding and good nutrition, food security and reduction of inequalities.

#WBW2022 will focus on strengthening the capacity of actors that have to protect, promote and support breastfeeding across different levels of society. These actors make up the warm chain of support for breastfeeding. Target audiences including governments, health systems, workplaces and communities will be informed, educated and empowered to strengthen their capacity to provide and sustain breastfeeding-friendly environments for families in the post pandemic world.

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1.-Infants and young children  everywhere to have the right to the highest attainable standard of health.

2.- Families, and in particular women and children, to have the right to access adequate and nutritious food and sufficient and affordable  water.

3.-Women have the right to breastfeed and to make informed decisions about infant and young child feeding.

4.-Women have the right to full support to breastfeed for two years or more and to exclusively breastfeed for the first six months.

5.-All people have the right to access quality health care services and information free of commercial influence.

6.-Health workers and consumers have the right to be protected from commercial influence which may distort their judgement and decisions.

7.-People have the right to advocate for change which protects, promotes and supports basic health, in international solidarity.

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