For those of you who didn’t know, 1st – 7th August is World Breastfeeding Week as promoted by the WHO and UNICEF. It is celebrated, or probably more correctly stated, promoted, across more than 170 nations each year and has been for the past 20 years. In fact this is the 20th year since the WHO and UNICEF decided to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
Writing as somebody completely uninformed, it seems to be a very reasonable idea and a completely natural.
Odessa has been involved in supporting this project since 2009 – better late than never!
Anyway, on 5th August at City Garden (next to the fountain) a series of events and lectures will take place from 11.30 to raise the profile of breastfeeding, and the organisers and local authorities are encouraging as many mothers with children 0-2 years to attend as possible. (One imagines that some form of statistics harvesting will occur in Odessa, just as in other places around the planet, for the use of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding statisticians to sweat over between now and next year.)
Hence I am making this entry (here in English and in Russian elsewhere) to raise the profile of this event prior to 5th August if you happen to be in Odessa. Of course if you aren’t, there may well be a similar event where you are advertised somewhere on the Internet you don’t know about.
Anyway, well done Odessa for being involved in this program and well done to any mothers (or would-be mothers) attending as well.
If you are a tourist and happen to be in City Garden, Odessa, on 5th August, don’t be surprised to find a lot of women sat in the sun breastfeeding small children whilst listening to lectures about the benefits of doing just that.
Tomorrow, no doubt, I will leave the subject of natural mammaries and their benefits to society and return to politics and policy (and the unnatural mammaries that inhabit this realm and that seem incapable of providing any benefits to society in Ukraine).