World Breastfeeding Week 2019
7 August 2019: Webinar: "Protect breastfeeding in the workplace"
As part of the activities to mark World Breastfeeding Week 2019, on Wednesday, 7 August, PAHO will hold the webinar "Protect breastfeeding in the workplace".
The event is organized with the objective of discussing the benefits of breastfeeding for mothers and children and presenting country experiences with maternity protection laws for both the formal and informal sectors. We hope this is a space for discussion in which we can renew our commitment, empower parents and enable breastfeeding through maternity protection laws and recommended breastfeeding practices.
- DATE: Wednesday, 7 August, 2019
- TIME: 12:00 pm, EDT (check here the time in your zone)
(Click on the links to open the presentations. They are in Spanish, the original language)
- 12:00 pm - Welcome and Opening Remarks: Adriana Blanco – Unit Chief, Risk Factors and Nutrition, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)
- 12:05 pm - Empower Parents and Enable Breastfeeding Through Maternity Protection Laws. Ruben Grajeda – Regional Nutrition Advisor (PAHO/WHO)
- 12:20 pm - Mexico: “Working mothers and breastfeeding. Is it possible to extend maternity leave and protect women working in the informal sector? Mireya Vilar Compte – Professor in Public Health, EQUIDE Research Institute of Equitable Development, Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City
- 12:35 pm - Cuba: Maternity protection in Cuba – Gisela Alvarez – Specialist in Pediatrics, University Polyclinic "Julián Grimau", Havana.
- 12:50 pm - Chile: Legislation to protect breastfeeding in Chile – Patricia Cabezas – National Children's Health Program, Department of Life Cycle DIPRECE, Public Health Undersecretary, Ministry of Health
- 1:05 pm - Discussion. Moderator: Betzabe Butron – Regional Advisor on Child Health (PAHO/WHO)
- 1:20 pm - Closing remarks: Ignacio Ibarra (PAHO/WHO)
- 9:00 - Los Angeles
- 11:00 - Mexico City, San Salvador, Tegucigalpa, Bogota, Lima, Quito, Kingston
- 12:00 - Bridgetown, La Paz, Santo Domingo, Santiago de Chile
- 13:00 - Brasilia, Buenos Aires
For other cities, get the time using the following link
World Breastfeeding Week 2019: Protect breastfeeding in the workplace
This year´s theme of World Breastfeeding Week, from 1 to 7 of August, is "Protect breastfeeding in the workplace". World Breastfeeding Week is an opportunity for the Pan American Health Organization to call on governments to continue their efforts to strengthen measures to protect, promote, and support the right to breastfeeding. These regulatory measures include the adoption and monitoring of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (the Code) and subsequent relevant resolutions of the World Health Assembly (WHA), implementation of the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), implementation of a maternity rights policy compatible with the Maternity Protection Convention and Recommendations of the International Labor Organization (ILO), as well as providing specialized assistance and advice on feeding infants and young children.
- Technical brief - World Breastfeeding Week 2019: Protect breastfeeding in the workplace
- The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean: Current status, challenges, and opportunities (2016)
- Marketing of breast-milk substitutes: National implementation of the international code Status Report 2018
- NetCode toolkit for ongoing monitoring and periodic assessment of the Code
- Protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding in facilities providing maternity and newborn services - Guideline
- Protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding in facilities providing maternity and newborn services: the revised Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative 2018 - Implementation guidance
- 2018. Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life
- 2017. Breastfeeding: Together we can make breastfeeding sustainable
- 2016. Breastfeeding: A key to Sustainable Development
- 2015. Breastfeeding and work: let´s make it work!
- 2014. Breastfeeding in the 21st century: Anytime, anyplace
- 2013. Breastfeeding support: close to mothers
- 2012. Understanding the past, planning the future