Big latch on

The 23rd annual World Breastfeeding Week kicks off

Mothers in China breastfeed during an event of the world breastfeeding week. JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

The start of August is not just the start of a new month, but also an opportunity to raise awareness around the importance of breastfeeding and the need for breastfeeding-friendly policies in the workplace. The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action started World Breastfeeding Week in 1992 in an effort to promote breastfeeding all around the world. Over the weekend, scores of mothers around the globe breastfed in public together for one minute. The event is known as the Big Latch On and is the official kickoff for World Breastfeeding Week. This year, 176 countries are participating. According to the U.N.’s International Labor Organization, more than 800 million female workers — 41 percent of the global workforce — do not have access to maternity protection.

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