Breastfeeding is a vital part of providing every child with the healthiest start to life. It is a baby’s first vaccine and the best source of nutrition. It can bolster brain development. It can save 520,000 children’s lives in the next 10 years.
Breastfeeding also nurtures national economies. Increased rates of breastfeeding can improve a country’s prosperity by lowering
But breastfeeding is not just a one woman job. It requires encouragement and support from skilled
To make the most of the value of breastfeeding for children and nations, governments and donors need to act together. By investing US$570 million a year for the next 10 years, governments,
World Breastfeeding Week
This year from August 1–7, World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF will join its partners in the new Global Breastfeeding Collective to highlight the importance of breastfeeding for children and nations. A partnership of non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and donors led by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), the Collective was formed to accelerate progress towards international breastfeeding targets.
The targets, set by the World Health Assembly, call for at least a 50 per cent rate of exclusive breastfeeding by 2025. The Collective’s mission is to rally political, legal, financial and public support for breastfeeding, which will benefit mothers,
The Global Breastfeeding Collective has developed a country scorecard to track progress on seven policy actions and on the state of breastfeeding practices within countries. Each action has a progress indicator and target – to be met by 2030 – which
1. Increase funding to raise the rate of breastfeeding in the first six months.
2. Adopt and monitor the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.
3. Enact family leave and workplace breastfeeding policies.
4. Implement the ‘Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding’ in maternity facilities.
5. Improve access to skilled lactation counselling in health facilities.
6. Strengthen links between health facilities and communities to support breastfeeding.
7. Monitor the progress of policies, programmes and funding for breastfeeding.