Global breastfeeding scorecard 2023

Rates of breastfeeding increase around the world through improved protection and support

A mother breastfeeding her baby


The Global Breastfeeding Scorecard was introduced by UNICEF and WHO as part of the Global Breastfeeding Collective. It tracks progress, increased accountability, and documents change as governments take steps to implement policies and programs to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. For 2023 the scorecard demonstrates that significant progress is being made in protecting and supporting breastfeeding as follows:

  • Globally, exclusive breastfeeding rates have increased by 10 percentage points over the past decade reaching 48%. We are poised to reach of the World Health Assembly target of 50% by 2025.
  • Twenty-two countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, and Oceania have documented increases in exclusive breastfeeding of more than 10 per centage points since 2017.
  • Case studies from Kenya, Pakistan, Serbia, Sierra Leone, and Viet Nam illustrate recent policy and programmatic advances with breastfeeding.
  • Evidence linking the implementation of the Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes with higher rates of breastfeeding.


A mother breastfeeding her baby