Top Panel

Joint Statement in celebration of World Health Day

Joint Statement found here (

The IBFAN Team in the CODEX Meeting in Bali

The IBFAN team is faced challenges at the Codex meeting in Bali. The most important is perhaps the proposal for a revision of the Follow-up Formula (FUF) Standard. Many countries including...

Family farming takes centre stage on World Food Day

  IBFAN Africa is pleased to announce the Launch of FAO’s State of Food and Agriculture report on Family Farming; Committee on World Food Security to address responsible investment in agriculture....

FAO celebrates World Food Day on 16 October

      TO commemorate World Food day on 16th October which also celebrates the founding of the FAO the  Director-General José Graziano da Silva launched FAO's annual flagship publication - The State...

Tigers –the true story of former Nestle Pakistan salesman taking on the baby milk industry with the help of IBFAN

Tigers  is a new film by Oscar-winning director Danis Tanovic  based on the true story of a former Nestlé baby milk salesman called Syed Aamir Raza  taking on the industry...

Nestle formula label claims to market baby milk responsibly

  What Nestle says ‘There is no question about Breastmilk being the best start a baby can have in life. Nestle firmly believes that breastfeeding is the best way to feed a...

Enabling Mothers to Breastfeed: What needs to be Done

Based on the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding adopted by WHO/UNICEF the need to invest in babies identifies what governments and funders must do to protect, promote...

Why Invest in Breastfeeding

The WHO champions optimal breastfeeding as one of the most effective ways to ensure fundamental health and development of children. Breastfeeding reduces diarrhoea, pneumonia and newborn disease and deaths. Breastfeeding...

What is Optimal Breastfeeding

 Mothers breastfeed within one hour of birth. Babies are breastfeed exclusively for six months of life, meaning no water or food supplements. Breastfeeding is CONTINUED after six months for two years or...

The IBFAN Team at the World Health Assembly in Geneva (19th-25th May 2014)

The Regional Coordinator Joyce Chanetsa was honored to be part of the IBFAN Team at the sixty-seventh World Health Assembly that took place in Geneva from 19-25 May 2014. The...

The IBFAN Team at the Community - IYCF Counselling Training in Ethiopia

IBFAN Africa coordinated a 6 and half day training for mentoring of IBFAN Facilitators and Ethiopian Master Trainers to organize and conduct Training of Trainers (ToT) and Training of IYCF...

IBFAN approved, access to WHO’s policy setting process

(From left to right, Lida Lhotska, IBFAN Regional Coordinator for Europe, Dr Francesco Branca, Director, WHO Department for Nutrition and Health Development Dr Elizabeth Mason, Director, WHO Department of Maternal, Newborn,...


Booklet 1

Booklet 2

Booklet 3

Booklet 4

IBFAN Africa 9th Regional Conference theme: "Prevention and Management of Chronic Malnutrition through Appropriate IYCF Practices." IBFANers are urged to source funds for participation in the Regional Conference to be held in Uganda. The conference which was earmarked for September/October 2014 has now been postponed to 2015 ; exact dates will be communicated in due course. Keep on visiting this site for more details.

Get the latest news

 Key message of the week

Almost every mother can breastfeed successfully. Breastfeeding the baby frequently causes production of more milk. The baby should breastfeed at least eight times daily, day and night, and on demand.

Key Details

A mother's breasts make as much milk as the baby wants. If the baby suckles more, more milk is produced. Almost every mother can successfully breastfeed and produce enough milk when:

• she breastfeeds exclusively

• the baby is in a good position and is well attached to the breast, with the breast well in the baby's mouth

• the baby feeds as often and for as long as she or he wants, including during the night, and is kept on the breast until she or he has finished suckling. The baby should finish feeding from one breast before being fed from the other breast.

Holding the baby in a good position makes it easier for the baby to take the breast well into the mouth and suckle.

Signs that the baby is in a good position for breastfeeding are:

• the baby's head and body are in line

• the baby is close to the mother's body

• the baby's whole body is turned towards the mother

• the baby is relaxed, happy and suckling.

Holding the baby in a poor position can cause difficulties such as:

• sore and cracked nipples

• the baby does not receive enough milk

• the baby refuses to feed.

Signs that the baby is well attached:

• more of the dark skin around the mother's nipple (areola) can be seen above the baby's mouth than below it

• the baby's mouth is wide open

• the baby's lower lip is turned outward

• the baby's chin is touching the mother's breast.

Signs that the baby is suckling well:

• the baby takes long, deep sucks

• the cheeks are round when suckling

• the baby releases the breast when finished.

Generally, the mother does not feel any pain in her breast when breastfeeding.

From birth, the baby should breastfeed whenever she or he wants. A baby should be fed on demand at least eight times in a 24-hour period, during both the day and the night. If a newborn sleeps more than three hours after breastfeeding, she or he may be gently awakened and offered the breast.

Crying is not a sign that the baby needs other foods or drinks. It normally means the baby wants to be held and cuddled more, the baby's diaper or nappy needs changing, or the baby is too hot or cold. Some babies need to suckle the breast for comfort. More suckling produces more breastmilk, which helps satisfy the baby's feeding needs. If the baby cries a lot and does not settle after feeding and being cuddled, the mother may need additional breastfeeding support or the baby might not be well. A trained health worker should be consulted.

Using pacifiers, dummies or bottles can interfere with establishing breastfeeding in the baby's first months of life, as the sucking action for these is different from suckling at the breast. The baby may become used to the bottle teat or pacifier and refuse the breast. This may cause less suckling time at the breast, which reduces milk production. Pacifiers and bottle teats may become contaminated, increasing a baby's risk of illness.

Mothers who fear they do not have enough breastmilk often give their babies other food or drink in the first few months of life. This causes the baby to suckle less often, so less breastmilk is produced. The mother will produce more milk if she does not give the child other food or liquids and if she breastfeeds often.

Mothers need to be reassured that they can feed their babies under 6 months of age properly with breastmilk alone, and they need to be shown how to do it. All mothers, especially those lacking the confidence to breastfeed, need encouragement and support from the child's father and their families, neighbours, friends, health workers, employers and women's organizations. A mother who has undergone a Caesarean birth may require extra help to begin breastfeeding her baby.

Skilled birth attendants can raise awareness and understanding about the benefits of breastfeeding. They should support mothers to initiate and continue breastfeeding and help fathers and other family members accept breastfeeding as a natural and nutritious practice that protects the life of the baby.

My Language

Joomla! Translation

Labour Day



Our visitors

This week296
This month95
Sunday, 03 May 2015 08:48

Like Us

 IBFAN Africa’s  issues Box

1. Conflicts of interest

The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) initiative: IBFAN’s concern about the role of businesses

The INTERNATIONAL BABY FOOD ACTION NETWORK (IBFAN) is a 33 year-old global network that works to protect, promote and support breastfeeding and food-based complementary feeding, in realization of a child’s right to health and adequate food. IBFAN is committed to working with governments, the United Nations and other organisations to address child survival and to draw the world’s attention to strategies that tackle malnutrition in a just, equitable and sustainable way, giving priority to peoples’ ability to produce and access nutritious foods locally.

Breastfeeding and child survival, the most effective intervention gets the least attention

Breastfeeding tops the list of effective preventive interventions for child survival. Together with appropriate complementary feeding these two have more impact even than immunization, safe water and sanitation.There is no food more locally produced, affordable and sustainable than breastmilk. Breastfeeding reduces the risk of diarrhea, chest infections (the biggest killers of children) and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and cancers. It is also an important factor in child spacing for the millions of women who have no access to modern forms of contraception.In the second year of life breastfeeding can provide 29% of energy requirements, 43% of protein, 75% of Vitamin A, 76% of Folate, 94% of vitamin C. An analysis by Action Against Hunger (ACF) show that breastfeeding is the 3rd least popular intervention in terms of funding and that product-based micronutrient interventions are now dominating the nutrition scene.

Scaling UP Nutrition

IBFI - Mauritius

Upcoming Events

No events

Staff Login

Our Partners