This is a good week, ladies and gents! The world will be marking World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) from the 1st to the 7th of August, a week to talk about, encourage and advise parents everywhere about the benefits of breastfeeding your little one.
WBW was first celebrated in 1992 by World alliance for breastfeeding Action (WABA) and is now observed in over 120 countries by UNICEF, World Health Organisation (WHO) and their partners including individuals, organizations, and governments. There’s an entire website dedicated to it, see link here – http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/index.shtml
The World Breastfeeding Week 2016 theme is about how breastfeeding is a key element in getting us to think about how to value our well-being from the start of life, how to respect each other and care for the world we share.
For me, breastfeeding Baby Huru was one of my greatest joys and achievements. I’m speaking in past tense because, as I’ve previously posted on The Journey, I wasn’t able to exclusively breastfeed him for 6 months. I managed 4 months and unfortunately my milk ran low. It was brutal for me to accept it but I did. Yes, I sought all the advice under the roof, and yes, I tried it all! But such is life and when baby number two comes, I intend to put them on my bosom for a loooong time!
This week look out for a twitter chat on WBW on my timeline (@OfficialJMbugua) alongside Mums Village (@MumsVillage), an online destination dedicated to enriching the lives of mums and mums-to-be in urban Kenya). We’ll do this on Wednesday 3rd august from 11 am, so log into Twitter and share your breastfeeding journey, challenges and advice with mums everywhere. Oh, and bring on those Brelfies (Breastfeeding Selfies). Look out for my next post this week that’ll have great information on the benefits of breastfeeding, courtesy of AMREF Kenya.