Nutrition

Global Breastfeeding Collective

The Global Breastfeeding Collective brings together implementers and donors from governments, philanthropies, international organizations, civil society and is led by UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO).

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The Collective's vision is a world in which all mothers have the technical; financial; emotional; and public support they need to start breastfeeding within an hour of a child’s birth, to breastfeed exclusively for six months, and to continue breastfeeding — with complementary foods — for two years or beyond. The Initiative’s mission is to rally political; legal; financial; and public support, so rates of breastfeeding increase, which will benefit mothers, children, and society.

Global Breastfeeding Collective: A call to action

The Collective calls upon implementers and donors from governments, philanthropies, international organizations, civil society to:

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1. Increase funding to raise breastfeeding rates from birth through two years

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2. Fully implement the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and relevant World Health Assembly resolutions through strong legal measures that are enforced and independently monitored by organizations free from conflicts of interest.

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3. Enact paid family leave and workplace breastfeeding policies, building on the International Labour Organization’s maternity protection guidelines as a minimum requirement, including provisions for the informal sector.

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4. Implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding in maternity facilities, including providing breastmilk for sick and vulnerable newborns.

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5. Improve access to skilled breastfeeding counselling as part of comprehensive breastfeeding policies and programmes in health facilities.

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6. Strengthen links between health facilities and communities, and encourage community networks that protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

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7. Strengthen monitoring systems that track the progress of policies, programmes, and funding towards achieving both national and global breastfeeding targets.