Heads Of WHO, UNICEF Deliver Statement Recognizing World Breastfeeding Week

World Health Organization: Empower parents, enable breastfeeding
In a statement recognizing World Breastfeeding Week, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore note, “The theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week is ‘Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding.’ … As the world marks World Breastfeeding Week, WHO and UNICEF call on governments and all employers to adopt family-friendly policies — including paid maternity leave for a minimum of 18 weeks, and preferably, for a period of six months — as well as paid paternity leave. … [W]e also call for greater investments in comprehensive breastfeeding programs, improved breastfeeding counseling and support for women in health facilities and the community, and an end to the promotion of breast-milk substitutes to enable parents to make informed decisions on the best way to feed their infants…” (8/1).