National Breastfeeding Month: This is Our Why

National Breastfeeding Month: This is Our Why

National Breastfeeding Month was declared by the United States Breastfeeding Committee on August 6, 2011.

Dates: August 1 – September 11, 2023

2023 National Breastfeeding Month (NBM) Theme: This is Our Why

The 2023 NBM theme, This is Our Why, will help shine a light on why this work is so important and center the conversation on the babies and families who need our support. Join us as we celebrate mothers and lactating parents and work to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding and human milk feeding for the 13th annual National Breastfeeding Month this August!

For the first time, the weekly observances extend into September with the addition of Lactancia Latina from Sept. 5 through 11. It’s exciting to see cultural observances representing the rich fabric of California.

NBM Weekly Observances: 

Week 1: Aug. 1-7: World Breastfeeding Week
Theme: Enabling Breastfeeding: Making a difference for working parents

Week 2: Aug. 8-14: Indigenous Milk Medicine Week
Theme: From the Stars to a Sustainable Future

Week 3: Aug. 15-21: Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Breastfeeding Week
Theme: Telling our stories. Elevating our voices.

Week 4: ​Aug. 25-31: Black Breastfeeding Week
Theme: We Outside! Celebrating Connection & Our Communities

Week 5: Sept. 5-11: Lactancia Latina (New!)
Theme: This is our why/por eso estamos aquí

Please submit your #NBM23 events to our calendar here.