World Breastfeeding Week 2017 observed in Bangladesh

The 25th World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) was successfully observed from 1-7 August, 2017 in Bangladesh. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), Directorate of Health Services (DGHS), Directorate of Family Planning (DGFP), Institute of Public Health (IPHN) and Bangladesh Breastfeeding Foundation (BBF) along with the support of other stakeholders contributed most to make the event successful and build the momentum of the Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) activities in joint efforts considering this year’s theme- ‘‘Sustaining Breastfeeding-TOGETHER’’ to achieve SDGs.

The Inauguration Ceremony of WBW 2017 was held on 1 August, 2017 at the Osmani Smrity Milonayaton with the Hon'ble Minister for Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) of Bangladesh Mr. Mohammad Nasim, MP as the Chief Guest. The event was well attended with representatives from ministries, government bodies, IYCF Stakeholders, govt. and private medical college and hospitals, professional societies and groups, nutritionists, NGOs, development partners, public and private universities and colleges, media personnel from electronic and print media.

It is highlighted that for Bangladesh to achieve SDG, the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding and sustaining breastfeeding is a collective societal responsibility shared by all. Hon'ble Prime Minister had emphasized this as well, when breastfeeding corners in the garment sector was established and six months maternity leave is given to ensure breastfeeding for the children.

Consequent to WBW 2017, WHO and UNICEF along with international agencies and non-governmental organizations established the Global Breastfeeding Collective on August 1, the first day of World Breastfeeding Week. The Collective is advocating governments, donors and other stakeholders to advance policies and programmes that provide an environment for more mothers to breastfeed.