Monday, August 1, 2011

World Breastfeeding Week 2011

Happy World Breastfeeding Week 2011!

This year's theme focuses on engaging and mobilizing youth intergenerational work with the catchy slogan of: "Talk to me! Breastfeeding - a 3D Experience." 

The theme deals with communication at various levels and between various sectors.

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) writes:

Why 3D?

When we look at breastfeeding support, we tend to see it in two-dimensions: time (from pre-pregnancy to weaning) and place (the home, community, health care system, etc). But neither has much impact without a THIRD dimension - communication! 

Communication is an essential part of protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding. We live in a world where individuals and global communities connect across small and great distances at an instant's notice. New lines of communication are being created every day, and we have the ability to use these information channels to broaden our horizons and spread breastfeeding information beyond our immediate time and place to activate important dialogue. 

This third dimension includes cross-generation, cross-sector, cross-gender, and cross-culture communication and encourages the sharing of knowledge and experience, thus enabling wider outreach.

The winners of the WABA 2011 photo contest are up, and there are some beautiful photos, including my favorites:

Check the website for WBW celebrations near you, like local events for The Big Latch On or Latch on America!

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