World Breastfeeding week takes place in the first week of August each year. It is celebrated in more than 170 countries worldwide, and this can only keep growing!
This year's theme is 'Breastfeeding and Work - Let's Make it Work' It's all about looking back at the 1993 World Breastfeeding Week campaign - lot's has been achieved since the Mother-Friendly Workplace Initiative - but there's also work to be done to highlight the importance of the promotion and support of breastfeeding.
Great work is carried out by Breastfeeding Peer Counsellors in helping mothers to continue breastfeeding.
Peer Counsellors can be anyone from the community who have been trained to help and support mothers. They can answer questions and deal with any issues that mothers may have. Breastfeeding supporters are encouraged to be trained as Peer Counsellors to help spread the word and increase and support the number of breastfeeding mothers.
If you're a mother, or an excited mum-to-be, make sure you breastfeed your baby. It will mean you've protected them as best as you know you can.
Mrs Shilpa Mittal
Nutritionist and Diet Consultant
Founder Shilpsnutrilife - Diet and lifestylemakeover