Global Data Bank on Infant and Young Child Feeding
WHO began the Global Data Bank on Breastfeeding in 1991 as part of its monitoring and surveillance activities. Since then the Data Bank has undergone several revisions to accommodate new sets of definitions and indicators and integrate all operational targets of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding, changing as a result the name to "WHO Global Data Bank on Infant and Young Child Feeding".
The Data Bank is maintained and managed in keeping with internationally accepted definitions and indicators. It pools information mainly from national and regional surveys, and studies dealing specifically with the prevalence and duration of breastfeeding and complementary feeding. The Global Data Bank on Infant and Young Child Feeding is continually updated as new studies and surveys become available.
Data for inclusion are based on indicators from household surveys and for some countries from facility based surveys.