A elderly woman, mother, and children are all gathered sharing a meal on a blanket on the ground.
Photo credit: Maxime Fossat for USAID/Kyrgyz Republic

Zhannat grew up in a big family in a rural, tree-filled region of Southern Kyrgyzstan, and now has five children of her own. Her youngest daughter, 8-month-old Aitunuk, is the only child that Zhannat breastfed exclusively, and for a whole six months.