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.
In collaboration with partners, Alive & Thrive (A&T) is working to strengthen the capacity of health systems in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Viet Nam to deliver high-quality breastfeeding-friendly services to mothers and infants.
As a result of the illegal coup d’état by the Myanmar military on February 1st, 2021, the country is now facing a humanitarian crisis, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and characterized by significantly increased food and fuel prices, drastically reduced access to basic health services, a nat
Breastfeeding-friendly maternity protection and practices in the workplace must be prioritized to increase breastfeeding rates and improve the health, nutrition, and wellbeing of mothers, children, and society.
Breastfeeding is a powerful weapon in the fight to ensure every child has the best possible start to life, but mothers need access to accurate information and timely support from their family and community; the healthcare system; and their employers.