The Spanish Pediatric Association (AEP) participated in the celebration of the event from 1st to 7th August.
this day is celebrated every year From August 1st to the 7th of the same month world breastfeeding week,Depend on World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) aim to Encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.
Officially announced in 1992, today, Thirty-one years later, basic maternity protections are still few and far between.
According to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, More than 500 million working women They do not benefit from basic reproductive measures. Only 20 percent of countries require companies to provide employees with paid breaks and facilities for breastfeeding or expressing milk, and fewer than half of children under six months are exclusively breastfed.
To this end, the commemoration of World Breastfeeding Week 2023 will be dedicated to breastfeeding and will work under the slogan “Breastfeeding”. “Breastfeeding and working: Let’s make it possible!”.
“Many women wish to extend breastfeeding after maternity leave ends — 16 weeks in Spain, a far cry from the six months of exclusive breastfeeding recommended by the World Health Organization and UNICEF —, creating the need to combine it with work. Breastfeeding has very important benefits for both mother and baby, and all social factors surrounding mother and child (partner, family, health personnel, work environment, etc.) should provide facilities to maintain and prolong breastfeeding.necessary,” said Dr. Suzanne Ares SeguraBreastfeeding Field Coordinator of the Committee on Nutrition and Breastfeeding (CNYLM-AEP) of the Spanish Pediatric Association.
Advice for pregnant women
The CNYLM-AEP breastfeeding area has a set of recommendations for companies for employees who are new mothers.
one of which refers to provide breaks so that the mother can breastfeed her child or express milk and provide adequate, intimate and dignified space for this.
Other suggestions related to the possibility Coordinate breastfeeding and work. c.Using this axis as a reference, the committee recommends Flexible schedule, part-time or remote work.
Likewise, it is important to make pregnant mothers and other employees aware of the presence of such pro-breastfeeding politicians in the company.
“These measures benefit not only the mother but also the company. Promoting breastfeeding in the working environment increase commitment the number of women in the company, reduce absenteeism, good for a higher reinstatement rate continue to work after maternity leave ends, improve performance and a Reduce the loss of skilled workers For fertility-related reasons,” explains Dr. Ares Segura.
Benefits of breastfeeding for mother and baby
● Promote their sensory and cognitive development.
● Protect them from common childhood infectious and chronic diseases, such as diarrhea, otitis media or pneumonia, and help them recover faster by transferring antibodies from their mothers.