Breastfeeding has one of the highest returns on investment of any development activity, yielding $35 in economic gains for every $1 spent on breastfeeding interventions. Despite the proven cognitive, economic, and health benefits of breastfeeding though, worldwide only 44% of children under 6-months old are exclusively breastfed. Through our work, USAID Advancing Nutrition highlights the critical role breastfeeding plays in early childhood development, health and food systems, and nutrition in humanitarian contexts.
What’s New for World Breastfeeding Week 2021
This World Breastfeeding Week, USAID Advancing Nutrition continues to protect and promote breastfeeding across communities and health systems around the world. Join us:
- Register and tune into our World Breastfeeding Week Virtual Event Not Just Mom's Job: USAID Invests in Breastfeeding Around the World.
- View our new interactive webpage to learn more about how USAID promotes and protects breastfeeding.
- Subscribe to our email list for weekly breastfeeding content throughout the month of August.
- Follow us on Social Media:
Learn More About Our Breastfeeding Work
- Infant and Young Child Feeding when COVID-19 is Confirmed or Suspected
- Infant and Young Child Feeding Image Bank
- Social and Behavior Change for Nutrition During COVID-19 Webinar
- Staff Blogs:
- It Takes a Village to Raise a Mother, Altrena G. Mukuria, Senior Technical Advisor
- Elevating the Voices of Breastfeeding People, Jennifer Yourkavitch, Results for Development, Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
- Supporting Breastfeeding during the Pandemic, Jennifer Yourkavitch, Results for Development, Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
- Continuing Safe Breastfeeding During COVID-19: An Emergency Response to Combat Misinformation, Yaritza Rodriguez, Project Coordinator