• Advocacy Guidance Brief - Monitoring

    This is the Collective's Advocacy Guidance Brief on the monitoring the progress of breastfeeding practices, policies, programmes, and funding.

    Governments, policy makers and civil society can help ensure that national and global breastfeeding standards are met by strengthening country-level monitoring of breastfeeding practices, policies, programmes, and funding. Better monitoring and reporting systems are key to improving breastfeeding and health outcomes and to giving all children the healthiest start in life.

  • Advocacy Guidance Brief - Paid leave & Workplace Policies

    This is the Collective's Advocacy Guidance Brief for enacting paid leave and workplace breastfeeding policies.
    Political leaders and employers can improve economic and health outcomes by expanding paid family leave. Advocating for parental leave is advocating for children to have the healthiest possible start to life and to grow up to be stronger, smarter, and more productive. Together, we can ensure all mothers and families have the support they need for optimal health and productivity.
  • Advocacy Guidance Brief - Funding

    This is the Collective's Advocacy Guidance Brief on increasing investment in programmes and policies that protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

    Breastfeeding is a smart investment that saves lives and benefits the economy. The current global level of investment is not enough to substantially increase and sustain breastfeeding rates. Governments and political leaders should invest in comprehensive strategies and social policies that protect, promote, and support breastfeeding to ensure the health and prosperity of generations to come.

  • The DELIVER and B-PROTECTED Studies: Preventing HIV in Pregnant and Breastfeeding

    Knowing whether daily oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and use of the monthly dapivirine ring are safe during pregnancy and breastfeeding is vitally important. This fact sheet provides background on two studies that will address these questions.

  • Advocacy Brief: Breastfeeding and Family-Friendly Policies

    Family-friendly policies that protect and promote breastfeeding are an investment in the health, development and future prosperity of children, women and nations. There is compelling evidence that paid leave, access to quality childcare and dedicated nursing time and space can improve breastfeeding rates, resulting in healthier mothers and children, stronger economies and greater human capital. 
  • Cost of Not Breastfeeding Tool

    This tool was created by Alive & Thrive to help determine the future economic losses of low- and middle-income countries due to not breastfeeding according to recommendations. All monetary values are presented in US dollars. 

  • Centers of Excellence for Breastfeeding: Viet Nam

    This brief outlines the criteria for becoming a Center of Breastfeeding Excellence in Viet Nam, a model which the Alive and Thrive initiative is adapting to promote centers of excellence around Southeast Asia. More specifically the brief explains the designation process, legal framework that supports Centers of Excellence, the accrediation process, and tools to monitor accrediation. 

  • IYCF E-Learning Course

    Investing in Child Nutrition is a free, publicly available online course designed to provide guidance, skills, and practical information to health workers to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding and complementary feeding. The course is available in French and English.

  • Bangladesh Breastmilk Substitutes (BMS) Act: Protecting, promoting, and supporting breastfeeding by ending the unethical marketing of BMS

    Despite the unparalleled benefits of breastfeeding, mothers and families face significant commercial pressures that undermine breastfeeding. The Bangladesh Breastmilk Substitutes (BMS) Act was developed to ensure that mothers and families receive accurate and unbiased information about the healthiest way to feed their infants and young children— free of commercial influence—by regulating the marketing and distribution of BMS. This brief summarizes key provisions in the Bangladesh BMS Act and the roles and responsibilities of key actors to prevent unethical marketing.

  • Best Start Community Breastfeeding Project

    This webpage outlines the outcomes of the Best Start Community Breastfeeding Project funded as part of a comprehensive strategy to combat child obesity in Ontario, Canada. The page includes resources and  links to case studies of community initiatives funded by the three-year project (2013-2016).