Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

WHO celebrates World Breastfeeding Week 2008

01 August 2008

A Mother with her child

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) was celebrated, as it is every year, during the first week of August. The theme of WBW 2008 was "Mother Support : Going for the Gold", and the central message was a call for greater support for mothers to achieve the 'gold standard' of infant feeding: breastfeeding exclusively for six months, and providing appropriate complementary foods with continued breastfeeding for up to two years or beyond.

Activities undertaken by WHO to promote WBW 2008 included the launch of the following new materials:

In addition, the 41st episode of the WHO PodCast featured an interview with WHO's Assistant Director-General for Family and Community Health, Daisy Mafubelu, on the topic of WBW 2008.