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World Breastfeeding Week August 1-7 2009

August 3, 2009

TACOMA | Aug 1, 2009 | Breastfeeding: A Vital Emergency Response. Are You Ready?

This theme aims to draw attention to the vital role that breastfeeding plays in emergencies world-wide. The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) hopes global activities will help inform mothers, breastfeeding advocates, communities, health professionals, governments, aid agencies, donors, and the media on how they can actively support breastfeeding before and during an emergency.

Children are the most vulnerable in emergencies and child mortality can soar due to diarrhea, respiratory illness and malnutrition. Emergencies can happen anywhere in the world and mothers need active support to continue or re-establish breastfeeding. Emergency preparedness is vital. Supporting breastfeeding in non-emergency settings will strengthen mothers' capacity to cope in emergencies. For more information about World Breastfeeding Week 2009, including ideas for action, activities, materials, reports and more visit WABA.

Breastfeeding: Good for Infants, Families and Communities
Both babies and mothers gain many benefits from breastfeeding. Breast milk is the best food for babies, there is none better. For local information, resources and help with breastfeeding, and other information on how you can assure your baby is as healthy as possible, visit the Piece County Breastfeeding Alliance page at:

View Governor Christine Gregoire's proclamation to support and promote breastfeeding as a practice that fosters the wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and Washington State. Click here.

For information on what Washington State is doing to support breastfeeding, visit

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