Byram Healthcare Supports World Breastfeeding Week and National Breastfeeding Month 2020

Now more than ever, it’s important for us to come together and work towards building a better planet and making sure that mothers have the tools and resources they need to make healthy choices. That’s why Byram Healthcare is proud to celebrate National Breastfeeding Month, which focuses on ensuring that every family who chooses to breastfeed has the proper support and resources they need to succeed, and World Breastfeeding Week, which aims to support a healthier planet and its people.

National Breastfeeding Month

National Breastfeeding Month begins this Saturday, August 1st. The 2020 theme this year is Many Voices United. With all of the unrest and disparity that still plagues many families in the U.S. and around the world, it’s time to take action and come together so that we can identify and implement systematic changes that will ensure that every family who chooses to breastfeed is prepared with the support and resources they need to succeed. Unfortunately, due to unequal access to breastfeeding supportive policies and certain environments, there are still high levels of persistent racial and ethnic disparities in breastfeeding initiation and duration.

This year, the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) aims to increase awareness of four different areas. Week 1 (August 1-7) will focus on the impact of infant feeding on the environment/climate change and importance of protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding for the health of our planet and all its people. Week 2 (August 8-15) will focus on Native Breastfeeding to highlight the Native Breastfeeding experiences in all forms. Week 3 (August 16-22) aims to put a spotlight on infant and young child feeding in emergencies, including COVID-19. And finally, Week 4 (August 25-31) will be the 7th annual Black Breastfeeding Week where the theme is “The World is Yours: Imagine. Innovate. Liberate!” You can use the hashtag #ItsMyWorld to support Black Breastfeeding Week and share your stories across social media.

Byram Healthcare is a proud supporter of National Breastfeeding Month. We encourage you to join the movement on social media to help USBC reach their objectives and spread awareness. Share the graphics on our Facebook page to spread the word and show your support!

World Breastfeeding Week

To jumpstart National Breastfeeding Month, World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) will focus on meeting four primary objectives that revolve around the impact of infant feeding on the environment and climate change. The USBC’s first objective is to inform people about the links between the environment and climate change. The second objective is to anchor breastfeeding as a climate-smart decision. The third objective works to engage with individuals and organizations for greater impact. Finally, the fourth objective is to galvanize action on improving the health of the planet and people through breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding is a natural, low-cost way of feeding babies that can help to reduce poverty and allows families to use their finances for other essential needs. It helps to reduce the hunger of low-income children and improve overall nutrition and agriculture. By exclusively breastfeeding, families are able to provide their children with high-quality nutrients that will give them the energy they need to succeed. Breastfeeding uses less energy and reduces the need for many resources in the home—such as fire, water, and fossil fuels that’s needed to heat formula. Breastfeeding is a natural, renewable food that is environmentally safe and green because it is produced and delivered to the consumer without pollution, packaging, or waste. The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is a global network that aims to help improve and support the network of breastfeeding women around the world. For more information on World Breastfeeding Week 2020, click here.

Byram Healthcare is proud to support World Breastfeeding Week! This year’s theme is improving the health of the planet and the people through breastfeeding. To show support for the cause, share the graphics on our Facebook and use the hashtag #WBW2020 across all your social media platforms!