Consultation on approaches for scaling up breastfeeding interventions at community level

Date: 28-30 April
Venue: Geneva, Switzerland

Worldwide current data show that only about one third of children are being exclusively breastfed from 0 to 6 months. This is far from the ideal recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for full 6 months. WHO and UNICEF have been spearheading a new effort to use the findings in the Lancet series on Child Survival, Newborn Survival, and Maternal and Child Undernutrition to raise support and commitment to increase rates of exclusive breastfeeding and continued breastfeeding, thus contributing effectively to decrease child morbidity and mortality.

The Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding provides a framework for action. The Strategy indicates the need to provide women the support they require in the family, community and workplace.

This consultation will review experiences on breastfeeding protection, promotion and support at community level as an integral part of a comprehensive package of child health and nutrition and summarize lessons learnt by countries for accelerating coverage of sustainable community-level activities on breastfeeding.