In Europe, 65% of babies are still breastfed at 3 months of age

More than 120 countries celebrate World Breastfeeding Week on 1–7 August every year, to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. It commemorates the Innocenti Declaration on the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding, made by policy-makers at a meeting held by WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in August 1990. In the WHO European Region, 65% of babies are still being breastfed at 3 months of age.

Breastfeeding is the best way to provide newborn babies with the nutrients they need. WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding until a baby is 6 months old, and continued breastfeeding, with the addition of nutritious complementary foods, up to or beyond the age of 2 years.