It’s great to see so much discussion about breastfeeding in the media, given that we’re only a few weeks away from World Breastfeeding Week 1-7 August. Unfortunately, a lot of the op eds are still missing the point. This is not about what babies are fed, this about our human right as women to be valued … Continue reading WHO(se) Code?
Australia now joins 94 other countries in completion of the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) with a score of 25.5/100. We call on federal, state, territory and local governments to provide leadership that ensures the protection and fulfilment of the rights of women to access information and optimal support for breastfeeding. The WBTi assessment … Continue reading Australia: Report Card 2018
The international community has been calling for the protection, promotion and support for breastfeeding as a human right for decades and the Australian community has supported, signed up to or endorsed every single one of these international agreements, strategies and human rights conventions. The transition from endorsement to legislation and action, though, is … Continue reading Background on Australia’s breastfeeding commitments
World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) - What are countries assessed on? “The World Health Assembly (WHA) and the UNICEF Executive Board adopted the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding in the year 2002. The Global Strategy has a framework of action on 10 indicators of policy and programs to improve optimal breastfeeding and … Continue reading The 10 WBTi Indicators for Policies and Programs
Image found: https://goo.gl/znMg9x Do policies and programs in Australia respect, protect and fulfil the rights of women and children to access information and support for health and nutrition: through policies and programs that recognise the economic and cultural value of raising children; through the provision of unobstructed access to evidence-based woman-centred care in the health system; … Continue reading 10 things you need to ask about women in Australia right now.
Indicator 6 of the WBTi provides a score for Mother Support and Community Outreach - Community- based support for the pregnant and breastfeeding mother. It asks if there are systems in place to protect, promote and support optimal infant and young child feeding through evidence-based public health policies, health providers and particularly the support of … Continue reading Indicator 6 – Mother-to-Mother Support and Community Outreach
On the same page Despite various strategies to achieve global targets for breastfeeding indicators, Australia is still struggling (Hull et al 2017, Department of Health 2010). From our national health report card, our breastfeeding initiation rate is good (92%), but dwindles rapidly so that by 6 months of age, few babies (14%) are exclusively … Continue reading Indicator 10 – Mechanisms of Monitoring and Evaluation