Nutrition

Tracking Progress for Breastfeeding Policies and Programmes: Global breastfeeding scorecard 2017

Authors:
World Health Organization, UNICEF

Publication details

Number of pages: 7 (full document), 2 (summary), 4 (methodology)
Publication date: 2017
Languages: English

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Overview

WHO and UNICEF have established recommendations for breastfeeding practices. Although every mother decides how to feed her child, this decision is strongly influenced by economic, environmental, social and political factors. The Global Breastfeeding Scorecard analyzes indicators on how countries protect, promote and support breastfeeding through funding or policies.

The Scorecard includes
- Country profiles
- World maps to display data

Worldwide, performance on recommended policies and programmes for breastfeeding is poor. No country is highly compliant on all indicators, illustrating that substantial progress on all fronts is needed. Unfortunately, countries are not adequately protecting, promoting, or supporting breastfeeding.