Routinely collected infant feeding data: Time for global action

Heather Whitford, Pat Hoddinott, Lisa H. Amir, Catherine Chamberlain, Christine E. East, Leanne Jones, Mary J. Renfrew

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    The importance of breastfeeding is clear. However, global action to support breastfeeding is hindered by the lack of reliable standard data, which continues to impede progress. Routinely collected data can monitor the effectiveness of health policy, evaluate interventions, and enhance international research collaboration and comparisons. Use of routine data to support effective public health initiatives such as smoking cessation has been demonstrated. However, the data collected about infant feeding practices worldwide is inconsistent in timing, methods, definitions, detail, storage, and consistency. Improvements to the reach and quality of routinely collected data about infant feeding are needed to strengthen the global evidence and policy base. An international collaborative effort is called for to progress this.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article numbere12616
    Pages (from-to)e12616
    Number of pages4
    JournalMaternal and Child Nutrition
    Issue number4
    Early online date21 May 2018
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


    • Breastfeeding
    • Infant feeding
    • Monitoring and evaluation
    • Public health

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
    • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    • Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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