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USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

Locally Led Development: Partnering for Improved Nutrition Brief

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Food SafetyFood SecurityNutrition Sensitive Agriculture
USAID Advancing Nutrition conducted a learning activity with a USAID- funded project in India: Scaling Innovative, Nutrition-Sensitive Fisheries Technologies and Integrated Approaches through Partnerships in Odisha, India. We aimed to capture insights from the project’s experiences partnering to improve food security and nutrition outcomes in Odisha State.
USAID Nutrition Resource Hub

Community Health Worker Competency List for Nutrition Social and Behavior Change

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Capacity Strengthening
This resource identifies 38 competencies that are important for community health workers (CHWs) to demonstrate in order to carry out high-quality social and behavior change (SBC) activities for improved nutrition. Nutrition project managers and Ministries of Health can use this list as a starting point for assessing, developing, and evaluating CHW SBC skills.  
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Human Resources for Care of Small and Sick Newborns: The Role of Midwives and Nurses in Protecting, Promoting, and Supporting Breastfeeding

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Knowledge Management
Midwives, nurses and physicians play a critical role in protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding in health facilities. Part of a series coordinated with the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and NEST360, this webinar highlights the experiences of practitioners in Nepal and Rwanda.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Getting Food Systems Right from the Start: How They are Failing Young Children and What We Can Do About It?

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Social and Behavior Change and Gender BreastfeedingInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
Infant and young child feeding practices are normally seen as individual behavior health practices to be protected by health systems interventions. However, globalization of the baby food industry, and the shift of labor and production out of the home, has shaped feeding decisions.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Stronger With Breastmilk Only Initiative: Catalog of Resources

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Social and Behavior Change and Gender Breastfeeding
The catalog provides strategic guidance and tools to design, implement, and monitor a “Stronger with Breastmilk Only” initiative and stresses that initiatives, regional advocacy, and communication products consider country context. It includes a guide for developing an evidence-driven social and behavioral change strategy. It is available in English and French.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

The Quality of Maternal Nutrition and Infant Feeding Counselling during Antenatal Care in South Asia

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Social and Behavior Change and Gender BreastfeedingInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)Maternal Nutrition
There are evidence gaps about the quality of maternal nutrition and infant feeding counseling during antenatal care and the effectiveness of approaches to improve quality. Research suggests that unequal access to services, limited capacity-strengthening opportunities for frontline workers, and the short duration and frequency of counseling contracts constrain quality.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Maternal and Child Factors Associated with Timely Initiation of Breastfeeding in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts Breastfeeding
Timely initiation of breastfeeding was lower among married women, working women, women who watched television, women who delivered through caesarean section, and those with multiple births than among women who do not meet those criteria. Policies, behavioral change communication programs, and supportive care are critical to close gaps.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Breastfeeding Protection, Promotion, and Support in Humanitarian Emergencies: A Systematic Review of Literature

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Nutrition in Humanitarian Contexts BreastfeedingInfant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN)
While Infant and Young Children Feeding in Emergency guidelines outline interventions to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding, these recommendations are rarely applied. Research evaluating the influence of interventions aimed at improving breastfeeding in emergency settings is important to encourage and implement optimal breastfeeding practices. This article is behind a paywall.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Mapping Inequalities in Exclusive Breastfeeding in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, 2000–2018

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Nutrition and Health Systems Breastfeeding
Generating exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) prevalence estimates and assessing progress are critical to identify necessary policy and intervention efforts.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Enablers and Barriers of Exclusive Breastfeeding among Employed Women in Low and Lower Middle-Income Countries

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Nutrition and Health Systems Breastfeeding
To increase exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) among employed women, employers should offer flexible hours, at least six months maternity leave, and breastfeeding facilities. Identifying modifiable barriers and facilitators may contribute to successful EBF among employed women, thereby reducing mortality and morbidity. This article is behind a paywall.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Effectiveness of Breastfeeding Support Packages in Low- and Middle-Income Countries for Infants under Six Months: A Systematic Review

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Nutrition and Health Systems Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding counseling and education support packages have the greatest impact on breastfeeding practices followed by breastfeeding training, promotion, and peer support. For at-risk infants, support packages need to be adapted and formally tested. Additional research should examine the impacts of breastfeeding support on anthropometry and morbidity.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Characteristics Associated with the Transition to Partial Breastfeeding Prior to 6 Months of Age: Data from Seven Sites in a Birth Cohort Study

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Nutrition and Health Systems Breastfeeding
A higher weight-for-length of the child, recent coughing, and food insecurity were associated with slower transition to partial breastfeeding, while a higher maternal depressive symptom score was associated with earlier transition to partial breastfeeding.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Breastfeeding Knowledge and Practices of Working Mothers in the Informal Economy in New Delhi: A Formative Study to Explore New Intervention Pathways towards Improved Maternal and Child Health Outcomes

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Nutrition and Health Systems Breastfeeding
The conditions and nature of informal employment shape maternal and child health outcomes.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Gender Inclusivity is Not Gender Neutrality

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Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Breastfeeding
Authors call for examining how the gendering of breastfeeding, infant feeding, caregiving, and nurturing align with the social distribution of power, authority, and resources in ways that reinforce gender inequality in political, economic, and social status.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

COVID Vaccines and Breastfeeding: What the Data Say

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Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning BreastfeedingCOVID-19
Early research indicates that vaccines do not pass through breast milk—but antibodies do.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Strengthening Nutrition Interventions in Antenatal Care Services Affects Dietary Intake, Micronutrient Intake, Gestational Weight Gain, and Breastfeeding in Uttar Pradesh, India: Results of a Cluster-Randomized Program Evaluation

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BreastfeedingMaternal NutritionMicronutrient Interventions
Nutrition-intensified antenatal care (ANC), which provides more home visits and counseling on core nutrition messages than traditional ANC programs, increased iron–folic acid and calcium supplement intake. It also increased exclusive breastfeeding, consumption of vitamin A–rich foods and other vegetables and fruits, and gestational weight gain.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

A Systematic Review of Qualitative Research on Barriers and Facilitators to Exclusive Breastfeeding Practice in Sub-Saharan African Countries

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Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Breastfeeding
Maternal employment is the greatest barrier to exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) while knowledge of the benefits of EBF is the greatest facilitator. Interventions focusing on these and other maternal-infant factors will optimize EBF and improve maternal-child health outcomes.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Breastfeeding: Not Just Mom’s Job—How USAID Promotes and Protects Breastfeeding

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Knowledge Management Breastfeeding
Optimal breastfeeding is one of the most powerful solutions to save the lives of infants and children. Improving breastfeeding extends beyond supporting the woman and child—requiring encouragement and support from skilled counselors, family members, health care providers, employers, policymakers, and others.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

USAID Breastfeeding: Providing a Healthy Start for a Healthy Future

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Knowledge Management Breastfeeding
This one minute animated video discusses the benefits of breastfeeding for both baby and mother. USAID has worked with partners for more than 40 years to promote breastfeeding in programs and policies, helping families chart productive and prosperous futures for their children, and supporting communities to thrive.
Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Resource Review

Feeding Young Children during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Ensuring Their Future Growth and Development

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Knowledge Management Breastfeeding
Healthy complementary feeding after 6 months of age requires foods from four food groups daily. In addition to breastfeeding, babies need 2–3 meals and one snack per day. Sugary snacks and formula are unhealthy options for young children.