The World Breastfeeding Trends initiative (WBTi) Assessment tool was launched by the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) in 2004. It was devised as a simpler way for nations to measure how effectively they are implementing the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding.  As of October 2017,  84 countries have completed the WBTi report. These reports can be found here.

Up until now, Australia had not yet completed this process. The WBTi process and it’s outcomes are:-

  • it is participatory – it involves stakeholders while avoiding conflicts of interest, governments, and NGOs. Participants gain networking skills, investigative techniques, and reporting methods.
  • it is action-oriented – the goal of the WBTi process is to stimulate action rather than just collecting information. The information gathered can be used as a tool for change to improve situations.
  • it is simple research – with the aim to stimulate research, and ask questions. It leads to comprehensive analysis to advocate for change.

The process in Australia is being led by a core group of 10 people, and the Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ). The core group is supported by a reference group which is growing and includes many individuals along with the Breastfeeding Coalition of Tasmania, and the South East Qld Breastfeeding Coalition. WBTi Australia was established at a workshop at Australian National University in September 2017, supported by funding from the ANU Gender Institute and the College of Asia and the Pacific.

Please follow our blog to learn more as work our way through the 15 Indicators, and maybe even jump over and ‘like’ our Facebook page.

If you have any questions, please use the comments section or email Naomi on wbtiaus@gmail.com

Photo courtesy of Sally Robinson ♥

Naomi Hull RN, IBCLC, MPH (Nutrition)

Naomi is a mum to 2 busy teenagers. She is an RN and IBCLC from Brisbane and has been a volunteer Breastfeeding Counselor with ABA since 2006. Naomi also recently attained a Masters of Public Health (Nutrition) at the University of Queensland.

During her Masters of Public Health, her interest in the ‘bigger picture’ grew stronger and for this reason chose to look at the implementation of the Australian National Breastfeeding Strategy (2010-2015) as the topic of her Dissertation. Naomi continues to feel strongly about finding a way to improve the breastfeeding experience for families by way of affecting policy change in Australia. She is excited to be a part of the team for the #wbtiAus assessment.

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