Making the Case for the Breastfeeding Model Hospitals in Lao PDR

21 Jan 22
Topic(s): Breastfeeding, Newborn health
Location: East Asia Pacific
Language(s): English
Audience: Policy makers and legislators, Program designers and implementers
Programs: Policy advocacy
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    Briefing Note - COE Model in Lao PDR 5.53 MB

Breastfeeding in Lao PDR is widely socially accepted and strongly supported by government policy. While most infants are breastfed, the practice is often sub-optimal: slow initiation, pre-lacteal feeding, and mixed feeding are common. Breastfeeding initiation rates increased substantially from 19% in 2000 to 39% in 2011, but progress has stalled in the past decade, with initiation rates increasing only to 44% in 2017. Alive & Thrive and Save the Children provide strategic technical assistance to the government to implement the Breastfeeding Model Hospital initiative that deliver high quality breastfeeding and EENC services within a supportive policy environment. This brief makes the case to implement the Breastfeeding Model Hospital initiative in Lao PDR and sets a path forward.