Description/achievement of initiative
The International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), a network of 250 not-for-profit, non-governmental organizations in 166 developing and developed countries, commits to advocate on behalf of the Global Strategy for Women's and Children's Health's goal to increase the number of infants who are exclusively breastfed for the first six months, by 21.9 million by 2015, an increase of about 40% from current numbers.
From a policy perspective, IBFAN will advocate implementation of legal measures based on the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes (the Code); support country-level assessment of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding (2002) through the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative, and bridge the gaps in implementation. IBFAN will also advocate for enhancing 'maternity entitlements', for example, paid maternity leave in order to afford mothers and babies the opportunity for 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding, breastfeeding breaks for women returning to work, etc. From a service delivery perspective, IBFAN will support monitoring of the Code, and national and regional level training of health workers in breastfeeding and infant and young child feeding counselling. IBFAN is actively seeking new funding partners to support this commitment; we do not accept support where a conflict of interest may be present.
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