Food Security and Nutrition Network

Breastfeeding Seminar - Protecting, Promoting, and Supporting Breastfeeding in the Field

Event Details
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 12:30pm
Embassy Suites Convention Center, 900 10th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

The TOPS Program, along with USAID's Office of Food for Peace, hosted a Breastfeeding Seminar that brought together those who provide technical assistance Food for Peace-funded programming in the field, along with other key stakeholders. At this seminar, participants and presenters:

  1. Reviewed actions at the global level to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.
  2. Reflected upon breastfeeding practices in Food for Peace-targeted countries over the past two decades and identify key challenges.
  3. Learned from innovative practices in the field.

This event built upon a Breastfeeding Symposium which was hosted by USAID's Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition and the Office of Food for Peace, in partnership with FANTA and the Alive & Thrive Project, on August 29, 2016. That event brought USAID staff together with experts to look at the latest evidence and programmatic approaches in the area of breastfeeding, with a close look at progress needed to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

Learn More:

Video coming soon!

Session Presentations:

Tuesday, May 9

Wednesday, May 10

  • The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative | Maaike Arts, UNICEF
  • New Social and Technological Tools to Support Ancient Breastfeeding Needs in a Changing World - Presentation coming soon! | Daniel Sellen, The Joannah & Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition, University of Toronto¬†
  • Breastfeeding and the Continuum of Care
  • Concurrent Sessions (Repeat of Tuesday, May 9)
    • Breastfeeding Research and Social & Behavioral Change
      • Reading and Responding to Your Baby | Karen Calani, Food for the Hungry
      • Engaging Men, Enhancing Impact: Using Participatory Research to Improve Breastfeeding in the Amalima Project, Zimbabwe | Brian Pedersen, The Manoff Group
    • Strengthening Family and Community Support for Breastfeeding
      • Who Needs to Do What? Finding a Role for Everyone That Matters | Ann Jimerson, Alive & Thrive, FHI 360; Ashley Aakesson, SPRING, The Manoff Group; Kristina Granger, SPRING, The Manoff Group
    • Breastfeeding in Emergency Response Settings
      • Barrier Analysis with Syrian Refugees | Suzanne Brinkmann, International Medical Corps
      • Operations Research for Relactation | Sarah Butler, Save the Children

Thursday, May 11