In conjunction with the publicity activity for 2017 World Breastfeeding Week (WBW, organized annually from August 1-7 in more than 120 countries by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action [WABA], the World Health Organization [WHO] and the United Nations Children's Fund [UNICEF]), China Development Research Foundation (under the Development Research Center of the State Council) held a forum to promote breastfeeding. The event was held in Beijing on July 31.
Representatives of the Development Research Center of the State Council, the China Development Research Foundation (CDRF), China's National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the UNICEF and Save the Children attended.
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Lü stressed China should provide financial assistance to more disabled children in the country's remote, povertystricken areas, so the children can receive the nine-year education. Also, efforts should be made to provide better education to the children. human milk. However, WHO statistics, released in July 2015, indicated just 40 percent of women worldwide breastfed their babies. Moreover, there had been no marked improvement in the rate of women who breastfed their babies during the past two decades.
An official of NHFPC said China in recent years had done the following to promote breastfeeding:
Promulgated laws and regulations to protect the rights and interests of women who breastfed their babies;
Publicized information about breastfeeding, to create a favorable environment for the caring of women, infants and young children;
Advocated the establishment of maternal and children's facilities in public buildings and workplaces; and
Improved work mechanisms and launched various activities, to improve services related to the promotion of breastfeeding and the care of pregnant women, mothers and their babies.
The official also said, as China is one of the countries with the largest number of working women, the Chinese Government should attach great importance to protecting the rights and interests of women employees, especially those who are breastfeeding. That, in turn, will help reduce the country's infant mortality rate and foster infants and young children's healthy growth.
To promote breastfeeding in China, the China Office of the UNICEF and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC) in May 2013 implemented the "10 Square Meters of Love" campaign in Beijing. The purpose of the campaign was to advocate the establishment of breastfeeding rooms — equipped with comfortable chairs, electrical sockets, refrigerators, toys and wash basins — in public buildings and workplaces throughout the country.
By July 2017, UNICEF had validated and approved more than 1,800 "10 Square Meters of Love" breastfeeding rooms (in China), among which more than 400 had been set up in workplaces.