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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

“Not Just Talk- How Can We Help Mothers to Exclusively Breastfeed?

It has been estimated that globally, exclusive breastfeeding could reduce 13% of childhood deaths.

Each year, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) promotes and celebrates World Breastfeeding Week. The theme for this years World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) is about supporting mothers to breastfeed their babies exclusively for the first six months.

In recognition of World Breastfeeding Week, the Burnet Institute will host a half day symposium to provide an update on breastfeeding promotion, protection and support in developing countries.

The objectives of the symposium will be:
· To provide an update about the importance of support for exclusive breastfeeding in reaching the Millennium Development Goal for child survival (including in the context of HIV infection);
· To discuss the role of community level workers/peers in supporting women to breastfeed optimally in developing countries;
· To discuss the importance of male involvement in breastfeeding support, and strategies for engagement;
· To summarise and share existing evidence and resources around community level support for optimal breastfeeding;

Target Audience:
NGO project staff and advisers, academics, consultants, students of public health

When?
Friday August 8th 2008.
1.30 pm – 4.30 pm

Where?
Burnet Institute, 85 Commercial Rd, Melbourne (Level 2 Training Room)

RSVP by Monday 4th August to Andrea Eakins.
Email: andrea@burnet.edu.au or Tel: 9282 2274

1 comment:

Penny said...

This looks really good - and it is encouraging. It saddens me that there is still this underlying opinion that breastfeeding is good, but in the long run it doesn't really matter.