UPDATE : BRONZE METAL FOR BREASTFEEDING CYPRUS!!!
The bronze metal was awarded by WABA, the World organisers, to Cyprus for the breastfeeding event organized by AKTI and Breastfeeding Support Group of Nicosia the 11th October 2008. 90 mothers with their babies, husbands, grandparents and representatives of health stakeholders participated in the World Sychronised Breastfeeding Event 2008 organized by AKTI and the Breastfeeding Support Group of Nicosia, in the Hilton Park in Nicosia on 11th October. 78 babies out of 90 breastfed at exactly 11 o’clock, while in a parallel event organized in Makarios General Hospital 11 more newborns, breastfed at the same time. These numbers are considered to be extremely important (bearing in mind the scale of Cyprus) allowing our country to receive the bronze metal by the World organizers.
Global synchronized breastfeeding event 2008
In the context of World Breastfeeding Week, on October 11th and at 10:30 am (local time), mothers around the world will simultaneously breastfeed their children. Our slogan for this year is: “Mother Support: Going for the Gold!”
Cyprus says YES to breastfeeding!
In the framework of these global events, the Breastfeeding Support Group of Nicosia and AKTI Project and Research Centre, organize for a second year in Cyprus a synchronized breastfeeding event which will take place on the 11th of October, 10:30 am, at Hilton Park in Nicosia. The registration of the participating mothers will begin at 9:00 am and will be concluded by 10:30 am.
As we celebrated the 2008 Olympics and the 2008 World Breastfeeding Week, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) calls for increased support for mothers striving to achieve the gold standard of infant feeding: to breastfeed their babies exclusively for the first six months, and continue breastfeeding together with feeding other appropriate complementary foods, up to two years and beyond.
To expand awareness of the need for and the value of providing support to a breastfeeding mother. To disseminate updated information about support for breastfeeding mothers. To encourage the creation of optimal conditions for the provision of mother support in all CIRCLES OF SUPPORT.
MATERNAL BREASTFEEDING, FOR HEALTHY CHILDREN, FOR A HEALTHY SOCIETY!
Aside from the global aims, it is important to promote the value of maternal breastfeeding in Cyprus where very few mothers breastfeed their children. Hence the ultimate goal of the local organizers of the event is to change the attitude of the Cypriot society towards breastfeeding. Women in Cyprus should be able to breastfeed while being supported and encouraged to do so. Support a Mother to Provide a Golden Start For Her Child ! With Breastfeeding, Everyone Wins ! For more information on how to participate contact the following numbers: 22591791, 22458485 or email to email@example.com The event is organized under the auspices of the Minister of Health Mr. Christos Patsalides. Supported by: Cyprus Paediatric Society, Cyprus Society of Perinatal Medicine, Cyprus Gynaecological Society, Cyprus Nurses and Midwives Association, Europa Donna Cyprus, Nursing Department of CUT and Cyprus Nursing Academy.