This period falls every year during the first week of September. Turkmenistan has long paid attention to encouraging breastfeeding. Since 1998, the "Breastfeeding Support Program" has been active in the country, in accordance with which the WHO principles of successful breastfeeding have been actively implemented in Turkmenistan for many years.
Since the start of the program until 2022, 66 maternity hospitals in the country already have the high status of "Baby Friendly Hospital". The nature and duration of breastfeeding largely determines the subsequent all-round development of the baby.
In Turkmenistan, the 2019-2020 study found a 4-fold increase in early breastfeeding in the first hour after a baby is born, and overall breastfeeding rates increased 11-fold over the previous period.