Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week 2017
World Breastfeeding Week is an annual awareness campaign held August 1 to 7. The campaign encourages breastfeeding to improve the health of babies around the world.
There is strong evidence on the health benefits of breastfeeding for both babies and their mothers. Research has shown that breastfed babies have a lower risk of developing allergies and asthma. Mothers who breastfeed may reduce their risk of certain types of cancer. We need to make sure that this evidence is available to mothers and health care professionals.
This year's theme for World Breastfeeding Week is 'sustaining breastfeeding together'. It speaks to the fact that mothers need the support of everyone around them to sustain breastfeeding. From CIHR's perspective, this means continuing to support the generation and dissemination of research that provides the best available evidence. From advances in the science of breast milk and breastfeeding practices, to informing infant nutrition guidelines and producing better formulas for mothers who cannot or choose not to breastfeed.
We invite you to read about CIHR-supported research on breast milk and breastfeeding.
- Understanding the protective power of breast milk
Dr. Meghan Azad
- Giving our tiniest patients a boost
Dr. Deborah O'Connor and Dr. Sharon Unger
- Fueling minds with new knowledge and small bodies with nutritious breast milk
Dr. Catherine Pound
On August 2, 2017, CIHR supported researchers talked about how they are helping improve the health of babies and breastfeeding mothers. Watch the recorded Facebook Live discussion.
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