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The 2013 World Breastfeeding Week Celebration Slideshow is now available. Click here to see how your colleagues around the world celebrated.

World Breastfeeding Week, an annual global event coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), was celebrated worldwide August 1-7, 2013 or October 1-7, 2013, depending on the location. Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers was the theme for World Breastfeeding Week 2013, which highlighted the importance of providing support to breastfeeding families.

This year’s theme featured all aspects of support including utilization of a breastfeeding peer counselor, a mother-to-mother support group, or an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® (IBCLC®). The importance of support from family and friends, employers, healthcare providers, childcare providers, and the community at large was also emphasized.

ILCA developed an Action Kit with many colorful reproducible items as well as brand new promotional products for use with clients and staff in your hospital, clinic, agency, and community.  While many items sold out, a few Action Kits and products are still available for you ongoing promotion efforts.

Did you purchase ILCA’s 2013 World Breastfeeding Week Action Kit?

If so, we want to hear from you! Please click here and complete a brief survey about our Action Kit that will help us plan future materials.

Whether you purchased ILCA’s Action Kit or not, we would love to hear about your World Breastfeeding Week events and include them in our slideshow of how people around the world celebrated. Please send any photos that can be shared to

2013 Promotional Items - still available!


Action Kit
Available in English and English with Spanish Supplement


Additional posters in English and Spanish – 11 x 17-inch (28x43 cm) size as well as a new, larger 18 x 24-inch (48x61 cm) size in English


To promote the theme during planned events

Sling Bag

Sling Bag
Helps to support the breastfeeding mother when she is on the go


With 6 clickable messages to remind everyone how breastfeeding leads to lifelong health

window decal

Window decals
To use for outreach to businesses

Click here to view the promotional flyer which describes the many new items that can work year-round in your ongoing breastfeeding promotion efforts.

When ordering, be sure to use your member log-in to receive the member discount on the Action Kit through the website.

ILCA wishes to express gratitude to WABA for allowing us to use their logo in our 2013 World Breastfeeding Week materials.


To place an order, visit the Store or click here for an order form to submit by mail or fax.

To see how people have celebrated in the past, be sure to visit our World Breastfeeding Week Archives page.