WHO Global Data Bank on Infant and Young Child Feeding

WHO began the Global Data Bank on Breastfeeding in 1991 as part of its monitoring and surveillance activities. Since then the Data Bank has undergone several revisions to accommodate new sets of definitions and indicators and integrate all operational targets of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding, changing as a result the name to "WHO Global Data Bank on Infant and Young Child Feeding".

The Data Bank is maintained and managed in keeping with internationally accepted definitions and indicators. It pools information mainly from national and regional surveys, and studies dealing specifically with the prevalence and duration of breastfeeding and complementary feeding. The Global Data Bank on Infant and Young Child Feeding is continually updated as new studies and surveys become available.

Data for inclusion are based on indicators from household surveys and for some countries from facility based surveys.

The aim is to achieve worldwide coverage in order to permit:

  • Comparison between countries and regions, and within countries
  • Assessment of breastfeeding and complementary feeding trends and practices as a basis for future action
  • Monitoring and analysis of trends over time
  • Evaluation of the impact of infant and young child feeding promotion programmes
  • Ready access to current data for use by policy- and decision-makers, scientists, researchers, hospital administrators, health workers, and other interested parties

Contact Information

Nutrition for Health and Development
World Health Organization
20, Avenue Appia
CH-1211 Geneva 27

Fax: +41 22 791 41 56