Exclusive breastfeeding and early initiation: target groups and influential messages

This briefing outlines the findings from operations research on exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) and early initiation. The study supports refinement of the infant and young child feeding (IYCF) strategy implemented by the Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN) programme. Summary of key recommendations: Strengthen messages on the water content in breastmilk. Integrate the showcasing of healthy… Read more

Breastfeeding promotion for infants in neonatal units: a systematic review and economic analysis.

Objectives To evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of interventions that promote or inhibit breastfeeding or feeding with breastmilk for infants admitted to neonatal units, and to identify an agenda for future research. Data sources Electronic databases were searched (including MEDLINE and MEDLINE In-Process Citations, EMBASE, CINAHL, Maternity and Infant Care, PsycINFO, British Nursing Index and… Read more

Breastfeeding and School Achievement in Brazilian Adolescents

Aim: To assess the effect of breastfeeding duration on school achievement in a Brazilian cohort. Methods: In a population-based birth cohort, we analysed the highest grade achieved in school of over 2000 male 18-y-olds relative to breastfeeding information collected in early life. Analyses were adjusted for birthweight, family income, maternal and paternal schooling, household assets, number… Read more

Lawrence Haddad on reducing undernutrition and the Nutrition Topic Guide

In this video Lawrence Haddad, Director of the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), introduces the HEART Nutrition Topic Guide. The guide has been created in collaboration with MQSUN  to inform policymakers and practitioners working in the nutrition sector on the latest key evidence. As Lawrence explains, undernutrition causes 3.1 million preventable maternal and child deaths… Read more

Nutrition for Under 2s

Nutrition and nurturing during the first years of life are both crucial for life-long health and well-being. Malnutrition is responsible, directly or indirectly for about one third of deaths among children under five. Well above two thirds of these deaths, often associated with inappropriate feeding practices, occur during the first year of life. Breastfeeding is… Read more