World Breastfeeding Week 2019

World Breastfeeding Week is a campaign organised by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (Waba). It is considered one of the largest joint campaigns of international organisations such as WHO and Unicef of that kind, promoting the benefits of breastfeeding. World Breastfeeding Week has been celebrated annually in about 120 countries since 1991.  For five years, EFCNI has been actively supporting and participating in World Breastfeeding Week with its own awareness campaigns. It is our aim to raise awareness for the special situation mothers of preterm and hospitalized newborns find themselves when it comes to breastfeeding. Their approach to breastfeeding might be different and they might face different challenges when it comes to breastfeeding their baby than mothers of term-born children might do.  In 2019 we circulated a survey, asking mothers and experts in the field of nutrition for their input in regards to breastfeeding challenges and which kind of support significantly helps to enable breastfeeding. The answers were evaluated and visualised in a campaign poster. 

We are currently developing materials for World Breastfeeding Week 2020 which will soon e available for download on this page. 

Our campaign poster 2019 available in the following languages:

We kindly thank our partner parent organisations and medical societies for their help and support in translating our World Breastfeeding Week 2019 poster: 
Bulgarian – Our Premature Children Foundation (OPCF); Dutch – Vereniging van Ouders van Couveusekinderen (VOC), Vlaamse Vereniging voor Ouders van Couveusekinderen (VVOC); Estonian – MTÜ Enneaegsed lapsed; Greek – Ilitominon, Thermokoidita agapis; Hungarian – Melletted a helyem Egyesület; Italian – Vivere Onlus; Lithuanian – Padedu augti; Macedonian – LULKA; Portuguese – Prematuridade; Romanian – Asociatia Prematurilor, Baby Care Sibiu; Russian – Pravo na Chudo; Spanish (European) – Prematura; Spanish (Mexican) – Con Amor Vencerás; Ukrainian – Association of neonatologists of Ukraine

For information such as numbers of participants and further details, please click here for the original source for the poster.

Expert statements

Worldwide supporters

We warmly thank the following parent organisations for supporting this World Breastfeeding Week initiative (in alphabetic order):

We warmly thank the following medical societies for supporting this World Breastfeeding Week initiative (in alphabetic order):

In 2019 the topic of breastfeeding was kindly supported by our partner

For more information on breastfeeding, please download our updated factsheet “Breastfeeding a preterm baby” that is available in English and German.

EFCNI factsheets