KRBD Community Radio of Ketchikan, Alaska hosted a radio session with local area breastfeeding support groups and health professionals discussing information available to breastfeeding moms in Ketchikan. Janai Meyer, along with several other area groups are involved with raising awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding and holding an event August 1st to kick off of World Breastfeeding Week.
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World Breastfeeding Week (Coordinated by WABA), calls for concerted global action to support women to combine breastfeeding and work. Whether a woman is working in the formal, non-formal or home setting, it is necessary that she is empowered in claiming her and her baby’s right to breastfeed.
The WBW 2015 theme on working women and breastfeeding revisits the 1993 WBW campaign on the Mother-Friendly Workplace Initiative. Much has been achieved in 22 years of global action supporting women in combining breastfeeding and work, particularly the adoption of the revised ILO Convention 183 on Maternity Protection with much stronger maternity entitlements, and more country actions on improving national laws and practices. At the workplace level, we have also seen more actions taken to set up breastfeeding or mother-friendly workplaces including awards for breastfeeding-friendly employers, as well as greater mass awareness on working women’s rights to breastfeed.