World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August all over the globe to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.



The theme for 2016 World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) has been announced: Breastfeeding: A Key to Sustainable Development. ILCA is partnering with organizations around the globe - including United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO), International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), La Leche League International (LLLI), The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM), Wellstart International, the Global Goals, and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) - to promote the role that breastfeeding plays in valuing our wellbeing. In 2015, world leaders committed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet, and ensuring prosperity by 2030. The WBW 2016 theme is about how breastfeeding is a key element in getting us to think about how to value our wellbeing from the start of life and how to respect each other and care for the world we share.


Visit the World Breastfeeding Week Website


Shareable Images for Social Media 

We welcome you to share our social media-friendly images in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week. Languages included reflect those chosen for translation by WABA. Right click to download to your own computer or share directly from our Facebook page, beginning 1 August 2016.


English Language WBW Meme


Chinese (Traditional)



Theme Three

Spanish Language WBW Meme


Chinese (Simplified)


Theme One

Theme Four




Theme Two

Please note that ILCA does not produce its own World Breastfeeding Week kit. We work with WABA to assist in the development of their materials. ILCA does not offer any World Breastfeeding Week promotional products. Logo files are available for download on theWorld Breastfeeding Week website that you may use to create you own items.


World Breastfeeding Week is coordinated by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), a global network of individuals and organizations concerned with the protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding worldwide, based on the Innocenti Declarations, the Ten Links for Nurturing the Future, and the WHO/UNICEF Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding. WABA’s core partners are the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM), International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), La Leche League International (LLLI), and Wellstart International. WABA is in consultative status with UNICEF and an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).

ILCA thanks WABA for allowing us to use their materials on our website.


To participate in the World Breastfeeding Week and to get ideas for future celebrations, join the WABA World Breastfeeding Week Facebook Page.