World breastfeeding week

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Acting Minister of Health Mmamoloko Kubayi together with Deputy Minister Dr Joe Phaahla will lead the World Breastfeeding Week Commemoration which aims to recognise the importance and benefits of breastfeeding for both the mother and baby`s growth and to deepen knowledge within the communities and families to support breastfeeding mothers.

World Breastfeeding Week is commemorated annually across the globe during the first week of August to demonstrate sustained commitment to protect, support and promote breastfeeding as a key child survival and cost-effective intervention.

This year, the day is observed under the theme: “Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility” it serves as a call to action for fathers, families and communities to support breastfeeding mothers by creating an enabling environment for them to breastfeed their babies.

The 2021 breastfeeding week commemoration takes place amid COVID-19 pandemic which negatively impacts the healthcare system.

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