Learning from large-scale community-based programmes to improve breastfeeding practices
A large body of evidence demonstrates the benefits of breastfeeding for child survival, growth, and development. An estimated 1.30–1.45 million child deaths could be prevented each year with improved breastfeeding practices. Community-based breastfeeding promotion and support is one of the key components of a comprehensive programme to improve breastfeeding practices, as outlined in the WHO/ UNICEF Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding. Learning from Largescale Community-based Programmes to Improve Breastfeeding shares the experiences and lessons from community-based approaches so that others can use the information to strengthen existing programmes and design new ones. The paper will be of particular value to individuals who are interested in studying and applying different models and the results and lessons emerging from them and assessing their applicability in a new setting.