Introduction

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We believe that breastfeeding infants with the best nutritional and emotional start of their lives.

Did you know?  WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life, but only 48% of babies are exclusively breastfed at this age.

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to establish or continue this journey due to lack of awareness, knowledge, and support.

As a practical step toward protecting the survival and health of babies and women, breastfeeding is a central part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and is linked to many of the Sustainable Development Goals. Breastfeeding is, for example, a critical aspect in achieving SDG2 and SDG3, which include ending hunger, improving nutrition, and promoting health and well-being.

The Global Breastfeeding Education Initiative (Global BFEI) was launched in March 2023, to contribute to improving breastfeeding education through training and education to advance toward the achievement of 70% of babies breastfed exclusively by 6 months of age by 2030. To reach this goal, the Global BFEI offers a variety of educational tools that provide impartial information on the benefits of breastfeeding and practical training aimed at increasing women’s practical knowledge, skills, and confidence to breastfeed.

During the breastfeeding journey, parents may have several questions or encounter some challenges along the way. Fortunately, Health Care Professionals, including pediatricians, family doctors, midwives, nurses, and community health care workers, are well-equipped to provide guidance and support to parents during these times of uncertainty.

Overview

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Through the Breastfeeding Education Initiative (BFEI), UNITAR aims to:

1. E-learning courses:

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  • Increase awareness about breastfeeding through learning and training products.

2. Learning Platform: 

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  • Raise awareness about best practices that advance breastfeeding initiation and duration rates through activations and communication campaigns.

3. Conferences & Training of Trainers: 

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    • Enhance the capacity of government agencies and municipal authorities through practical knowledge and skills to implement pilot projects in targeted locations.
    • Develop a minimum set of indicators to monitor progress in locations where there is a pilot project.

    4. Stakeholder Engagement: 

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    • Make learning products accessible to policymakers, practitioners, and to the general public, while linking them to other assets.

    Learning Tools

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    The Magic Drop: Supporting Mothers along the Journey is now open!

    Empowering women in their choice to breastfeed requires knowledge on the science behind breastfeeding and a critical understanding of social and cultural factors affecting breastfeeding.

    The free e-learning course, “The Magic Drop: Supporting mothers along the journey” seeks to educate parents, family members, healthcare professionals, decision makers, and community members alike. It emphasizes the collective efforts needed to support women on their journey to initiate, establish, and maintain breastfeeding.

    Registration is available now in 14 languages:

     

    BFEI EXPERT COMMITTEE

    BFEI EXPERT COMMITTEE MEMBERS

    The primary purpose of the UNITAR Division for People Specialized Expert Committee on Breastfeeding is to provide expert knowledge and technical guidance as well as adequate support to UNITAR’s Breastfeeding Education Initiative. The Expert Committee, composed of 18 leading experts from around the world, responds to the real capacity-building needs of both individual and institutional beneficiaries by validating the learning tools and platform resources of the Breastfeeding Education Initiative.

    LATEST NEWS & EVENTS

    UNITAR LAUNCHES THE GLOBAL BREASTFEEDING EDUCATION INITIATIVE

    30 March 2023, Geneva, Switzerland – UNITAR is pleased to announce the launch of its Global Breastfeeding Education Initiative (Global BFEI). The Global BFEI seeks to contribute to improving breastfeeding education through training and education to advance toward the achievement of 70% of babies breastfed exclusively by 6 months of age by 2030. To reach this goal, the Global BFEI offers a variety of educational tools that provide impartial information on the benefits of breastfeeding and practical training aimed at increasing women’s practical knowledge, skills, and confidence to breastfeed.

    PROMOTING BREASTFEEDING EDUCATION IN THE SUB-SAHARAN REGION

    30 March 2023, Dakar, Senegal – UNITAR, the Centre International de Formation des Autorités et Leaders (CIFAL) Dakar, and the Municipality of Dakar hosted forty-two nurses and midwives from Senegal, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Gabon, and Mali for a Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop titled “Improving Breastfeeding Education in Sub-Saharan Africa” on 15 and 16 March 2023 in Dakar, Senegal. The workshop contributed to the goal of promoting breastfeeding education and optimal breastfeeding practices. Primarily aligned with Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 3, promoting breastfeeding education includes ending hunger, improving nutrition, and promoting health and well-being. This workshop aimed to develop confident, competent trainers with the skills to plan, conduct, and evaluate training in breastfeeding.

    12 December, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, UNITAR in collaboration with its International Training Centre for Authorities and Leaders (CIFAL) Dakar hosted the Training of Trainers Workshop “Promoting Breastfeeding Education in Sub-Saharan Africa”. The workshop brought together 25 nurses and midwives together with representatives from the Association of Midwives from Ivory Coast (Association des Sages-Femmes de Côte d'Ivoire), the Nursing and Maternal Care Department (Direction des Soins Infirmiers et Maternels), Society of Pediatricians of Ivory Coast (Société Ivoirienne de Pédiatrie), and Danone Nutricia Africa. The main aim was to provide a variety of educational tools that will target diverse audiences at policy, organizational, and community levels on protecting, promoting and maintaining breastfeeding.

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