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World Breastfeeding Week Set for August 1-7, 2015

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Liberty, Mo. – July 27, 2015 – The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is pleased to announce that the slogan for World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2015 is: Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make it Work!

“When the community comes together, we can make breastfeeding work,” said Julia Hladky, breastfeeding peer counselor at the Clay County Public Health Center. “We are glad to offer more support by celebrating World Breastfeeding Week and having our Breastfeeding Encouragement Group at the Health Center. Soon, the public will be seeing life-size photos of proactive breastfeeding moms in our community.”

The Clay County Public Health Center will be hosting a celebration event August 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. Breastfeeding moms, prenatal clients, families and advocates are invited to attend the celebration. We will have food, child care and giveaways graciously sponsored by nearly 20 local community partners. La Leche League and local hospital consultants will also be available to answer questions.

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Innocenti Declaration 1990 which has been a landmark guiding document for improving breastfeeding practices worldwide. The WBW 2015 theme on working women and breastfeeding revisits the 1993 WBW campaign on the Mother-Friendly Workplace initiative. Much has been achieved in 22 years of global action supporting women in combining breastfeeding and work, particularly the adoption of the revised International Labor Organization ILO Convention on Maternity Protection with much stronger maternity entitlements, and more country actions on improving national laws and practices. With the WBW 2015 campaign WABA and its partners at global, regional and national levels aim to empower and support ALL women, working in both the formal and informal sectors, to adequately combine work with child-rearing, particularly breastfeeding.

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