Wednesday, July 1, 2009

World Breastfeeding Week 2009

Breastfeeding is a shield that protects infants in an emergency"
The World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is the greatest outreach vehicle for the breastfeeding movement, being celebrated in over 120 countries. Officially it is celebrated from 1-7 August. However, groups may choose other dates to make it a more successful event in their countries.
Breastfeeding: A Vital Emergency Response
Are you ready?


  • To draw attention to the vital role that breastfeeding plays in emergencies worldwide.
  • To stress the need for active protection and support of breastfeeding before and during emergencies.
  • To 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.
  • To mobilise action and nurture networking and collaboration between those with breastfeeding skills and those involved in emergency response.


  • Children are the most vulnerable in emergencies – child mortality can soar from 2 to 70 times higher than average due to diarrhoea, respiratory illness and malnutrition.
    Breastfeeding is a life saving intervention and protection is greatest for the youngest infants. Even in non-emergency settings, non-breastfed babies under 2 months of age are six times more likely to die.
  • Emergencies can happen anywhere in the world. Emergencies destroy what is ‘normal,’ leaving caregivers struggling to cope and infants vulnerable to disease and death.
  • During emergencies, 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 an emergency.


Meetings for Breastfeeding Mothers in Bangkok

Announces its second meeting

Of the series of meetings for Breastfeeding Mothers in Bangkok

“Adjusting to life with a new baby"

Thursday, July 2th – 2009, from 9:30 am to 11:30am

at Ladybird International Kindergarten (21 Soi Promsri 2 - Sukhumvit 39)

This meeting focuses on the first six weeks and offers tips to make transition into being a family as smooth as possible.

Breastfeeding is a simple and natural process but you may need support and information on the correct positioning of the baby at the breast, working and breastfeeding, avoiding problems and overcoming any difficulties that may occur.

Knowing other mothers who have breastfed their babies can be helpful and reassuring. Having accurate, up-to-date information is also important.

Attending La Leche League meetings can help you learn about breastfeeding from other nursing mothers. At these monthly meetings, mothers share not only their questions and concerns but also the benefits and joys of breastfeeding. Being in touch with La Leche League can give you the network of support you need.

Upcoming meetings:

· The art of breastfeeding and avoiding difficulties: Thursday, August 27th.

· Nutrition and weaning: Thursday, September 24th.

Babies are always welcome at La Leche League meetings.

Contact person in Bangkok:

Jenny Perez-Genge

(La Leche League Leader)

Tel. 081-585-3025

For directions, please see the map of Ladybird: