Breastfeeding gives all human beings the opportunity to have a fair start in life. Breast milk is the best food and the safest option to ensure good health and growth of young children. There is strong evidence demonstrating the multiple benefits of breastfeeding for the mother, the child and society as a whole.

This year's theme of World Breastfeeding Week, from 1 to 7 of August, is "Foundation of Life". During the celebration the Pan American Health Organization wants to call on governments to continue their efforts to strengthen measures already in place to protect, promote, and support the right to Breastfeeding.