Breastfeeding seminars

Step up for breastfeeding. Educate and Support – PAHO/WHO

As part of the activities organized to mark World Breastfeeding Week 2022Thursday, August 4, PAHO will host the webinar “Step up for breastfeeding. Educate and support”. The webinar will be used to share information from countries that have had successful experiences in implementing, educating and supporting the breastfeeding recommendation. It will also highlight the role of breastfeeding in food systems and the Sustainable Development Goals, and how PAHO has played a role in the process.

How to participate

  • DATE: Thursday, August 4, 2022
  • TIME: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. [check below the local time in other cities]
    • The Zoom room has a capacity of 500 people simultaneously. For those unable to participate live, the recording will be available on this page after the webinar.
  • LANGUAGES: English, Spanish and Portuguese, with simultaneous interpretation in all languages.





  • 10:30 a.m. – Welcome and opening remarks
    • Dr. Leo Nederveen, Acting Head of Unit, Risk Factors and Nutrition Department of Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health
  • 10:38 a.m. – Video presentation – La Industria de los Preparados para Lactantes
  • 10:40 a.m. – PAHO Support for Breastfeeding in the Countries of the Americas
    • Audrey Morris, Regional Advisor, Food and Nutrition, NMH
  • 10:50 a.m. – Education and support for mothers and families of premature babies.
    • Pablo Durán, Regional Advisor, Latin American Perinatal Health Center for Perinatology, Women’s and Reproductive Health (CLAP)
  • 11:00 a.m. – Peasant experiences
    • Colombia: Development of a Breastfeeding Support Policy – Elisa Maria Cadena Gaona, Deputy Director of Nutritional Health, Food and Beverages (SSNAB), Ministry of Health and Social Protection
    • Colombia: The role of breastfeeding education in the world of breastfeeding – Dr. Ana Lucia RuizOBGYN, IBCLC International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
    • Jamaica: Breastfeeding Support Groups – Making an impact in Jamaica – Marchelle Turner Pitt, Acting Director of Nutrition, Ministry of Health
  • 11:30 a.m. – Video Presentation – You See, They See: Marketing Infant Formula and Infant Feeding
  • 11:32 a.m. – Mexico Country Report – How Infant Formula Marketing Influences Our Infant Feeding Decisions
    • Dr. Hugo Lopez-Gattel, Vice-Minister of Health, Mexico (to be confirmed)
  • 11:47 a.m. – Discussion and Q&A
    • Moderator: Betzy Butron Regional Advisor, Integrated Child Health
  • 12:15 – Closing remarks
    • Dr. Leo Nederveen, Acting Head of Unit, Risk Factors and Nutrition Department of Non-Communicable Diseases and Mental Health

About World Breastfeeding Week 2022

This year’s theme for World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is Step up for breastfeeding. Educate and support.

The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is a global network of individuals and organizations dedicated to protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding worldwide. Every year, WABA coordinates and organizes World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) from August 1-7. Since 2016, WBW has been aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2018, a World Health Assembly resolution endorsed WBW as an important strategy to promote breastfeeding.

WABA states that the objectives for this year are to:

  • Inform people about their role in strengthening the warm chain of breastfeeding support
  • Anchor breastfeeding in the context of good nutrition, food security and the reduction of inequalities
  • Engage with individuals and organizations along the warm breastfeeding support chain
  • Galvanize action on capacity building of actors and systems for transformational change

The COVID-19 pandemic and geopolitical conflicts have widened and deepened inequalities, pushing more people into food insecurity. Breast milk is perfectly suited to a child’s nutritional and immunological needs and helps prevent infections. Breastfeeding promotes the bond between mother and child, whatever the context, and ensures the food security of infants from the start of life, contributing to the food security of the whole family.

Breastfeeding support involves many actors and levels. Women, caregivers and families need the support of the health service, the workplace and the community to breastfeed optimally, progressing from one level to the next. For WBW 2022, PAHO will focus on building this capacity. Education and transformation of existing systems, underpinned by evidence-based policies and recommendations, will help ensure breastfeeding-friendly health facilities, breastfeeding-friendly communities and workplaces, and restore and improve breastfeeding rates, nutrition, and short- and long-term health. term.

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Time match

  • 7:30 a.m. – Los Angeles
  • 8:30 a.m. – Belmopan, Guatemala City, Managua, San Jose (CR), San Salvador, Tegucigalpa
  • 9:30 a.m. – Bogotá, Mexico City, Panama, Kingston, Lima, Quito
  • 10:30 a.m. – Asunción, Bridgetown, Caracas, Castries, Georgetown, Havana, La Paz, Nassau, Ottawa, Port-au-Prince, Port of Spain, San Juan, Santiago, Santo Domingo, Washington DC
  • 11:30 a.m. – Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Montevideo, Paramaribo
  • 4:30 p.m. – Geneva, Madrid

For other cities, check the time below link