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World Breastfeeding Week

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006

It's a great time to whip out your Lactivist shirts ladies...yesterday kicked off this year's celebration of World Breastfeeding Week.

From the LLL in the USA site...

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is August 1st – 7th and celebrates the signing of the Innocenti Declaration on the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding. It is celebrated in 120 countries on various dates.

So with that in mind, here are a few great breastfeeding quotes...I'd invite Lactivist readers to share your own favorite quotes, stories or experiences in the comment section as well...

"Breastfeeding is a mother's gift to herself, her baby and the earth."
- Pamela K. Wiggins
IBCLC, Author

I love that quote...because it fits on so many levels. Even apart from the emotional ties that come come from nursing a child, there are amazing health benefits for both mom and baby. Add in the environmental friendliness of breastfeeding and this quote is spot on.

I also really like the profoundness of this quote...

"Breastfeeding is a natural safety net against the worst effects of poverty. If a child survives the first month of life, the most dangerous period of childhood, then for the next 4 months or so, exclusive breastfeeding goes a long way towards canceling out the health difference between being born into poverty or being born into affluence. It is almost as if breastfeeding takes the infant out of poverty for those few vital months in order to give the child a fairer start in life and compensate for the injustices of the world into which it was born."
-The late James P Grant, past Executive Director of UNICEF


  1. Blogger one smarmy mama | 3:24 PM |  

    Just wanted to say that your blog is one of my FAVORITE ONES out there. It is truly an important work to have out there. :)

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