Experts estimate that in low- and middle-income countries, optimal breastfeeding has the potential to prevent more than 800,000 deaths in children under age 5 and 20,000 deaths in women every year.
Despite this, breastfeeding remains underexploited globally. While the progress seen is positive, there is still a long way to go to achieve global nutrition targets.
GAIN works at different points in the food system to encourage better rates of breastfeeding.
Moreover, our work on complementary food is sensitive to the need to avoid displacing breastmilk in young child diets. GAIN refrains from working with any company or business that lead harmful marketing of breast-milk substitutes, in breach of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes.