Breastfeeding

  • Advocacy Guidance Brief - Monitoring

    This is the Collective's Advocacy Guidance Brief on the monitoring the progress of breastfeeding practices, policies, programmes, and funding.

    Governments, policy makers and civil society can help ensure that national and global breastfeeding standards are met by strengthening country-level monitoring of breastfeeding practices, policies, programmes, and funding. Better monitoring and reporting systems are key to improving breastfeeding and health outcomes and to giving all children the healthiest start in life.

  • Advocacy Guidance Brief - Funding

    This is the Collective's Advocacy Guidance Brief on increasing investment in programmes and policies that protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

    Breastfeeding is a smart investment that saves lives and benefits the economy. The current global level of investment is not enough to substantially increase and sustain breastfeeding rates. Governments and political leaders should invest in comprehensive strategies and social policies that protect, promote, and support breastfeeding to ensure the health and prosperity of generations to come.

  • Best Start Community Breastfeeding Project

    This webpage outlines the outcomes of the Best Start Community Breastfeeding Project funded as part of a comprehensive strategy to combat child obesity in Ontario, Canada. The page includes resources and  links to case studies of community initiatives funded by the three-year project (2013-2016). 

  • US Breastfeeding Committee Advocacy Tools

    The United States' Breastfeeding Committee Breastfeeding Advocacy page includes links to advocacy resources and messages as well as active federal legislation efforts in the United States. The page includes resources for lobbying and reference documents. 

  • Guideline: counselling of women to improve breastfeeding practices

    This guideline examines the evidence and makes recommendations and remarks on the implementation of some of the details of breastfeeding counselling, such as frequency, timing, mode and provider of breastfeeding counselling, to improve breastfeeding practices. The objective of this guideline is to provide global, evidence-informed recommendations on breastfeeding counselling, as a public health intervention, to improve breastfeeding practices among pregnant women and mothers who intend to breastfeed, or are currently breastfeeding, and their infants and children.

  • Community based infant and young child feeding

    Aimed for use in diverse country contexts, this package of tools guides local adaptation, design, planning and implementation of community based IYCF counselling and support services at scale.
  • Indicators for assessing infant and young child feeding practices

    This document presents new and updated indicators to assess infant and young child feeding practices at household level.
     
    It is a follow-up to the 1991 document 'Indicators for assessing breastfeeding practices'. New indicators for assessing feeding practices in children 6-23 months have been included.
     
  • Global Health Media Videos

    These videos provide education on breastfeeding counselling to health workers and volunteers. The videos are available on a variety of topics in multiple languages and can be viewed on the site or downloaded. The series includes video intended for parents and videos intended for health workers and volunteers.
  • Business Case for Breastfeeding

    The Business Case for Breastfeeding is a comprehensive program designed to educate employers about the value of supporting breastfeeding employees in the workplace. 

  • Don’t Push It: Why the formula milk industry must clean up its act

    The lives and the health of millions of vulnerable children are at risk from a threat that receives too little attention – the rapid growth of the market for baby milk formula. The unique life-saving and life-enhancing benefits of breastfeeding are proven. However, the global market in breastmilk substitutes is seeing a five-fold increase in two decades that far outstrips the world’s population growth. By 2019 that market will be worth more than $70 billion – more than a tenth of the GDP of a rich country like Switzerland.
     

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