About the Collective
Because no one breastfeeds alone.
The Global Breastfeeding Collective is a partnership of prominent international agencies calling on donors, policymakers, philanthropists and civil society to increase investment in breastfeeding worldwide.
The Collective’s vision is of a world where all mothers have the financial, emotional, technical and public support they need to start breastfeeding within an hour of a child’s birth, breastfeed exclusively for six months, and continue breastfeeding (with adequate, age-appropriate and safe complementary foods) for two years or beyond.
The Collective advocates for smart investments in breastfeeding, helps policymakers and non-governmental organizations implement solutions, and galvanizes public support to get real results in increased rates of breastfeeding for children, families and nations.
A world where all mothers and families are empowered, enabled and supported to optimally breastfeed their children, and where early initiation, exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life and continued breastfeeding for up to two years or beyond, together with appropriate, adequate and safe complementary foods, become the social norm that helps children survive and develop to their full potential.
To galvanize political, financial and social support to scale up breastfeeding programmes and to encourage adoption of supportive legal instruments and policies at the global, regional and country levels within the broader development, humanitarian and human rights agendas, thus accelerating progress to meet or exceed the WHA global target calling for an increase in the rate of exclusive breastfeeding to at least 50 per cent by 2025.
The Global Breastfeeding Collective has four strategic goals:
- Foster leadership and alliances to galvanize support to breastfeeding
- Effectively integrate and communicate breastfeeding messages to reach strategic audiences
- Mobilize resources and promote accountability
- Build knowledge and evidence to enhance breastfeeding policies, programmes, financing and communication