IBFAN was one of the four recipients of the Right Livelihood Award, often referred to as the "Alternative Nobel Prize". IBFAN was honoured "for its committed and effective campaigning over nearly 20 years for the right of mothers to choose to breastfeed their babies free from the commercial pressure and misinformation with which companies promote breastmilk substitutes"

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"The State of the World's Breastfeeding" http://www.worldbreastfeedingtrends.org/

About the orgination
Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeing :World Health Assembly (WHA) and UNICEF adopted the Global Strategy,which sets five additional targets: national policy on infant and young child feeding, community outreach, information support, infant feeding in difficult circumstances and monitoring and evaluation.
I Y C F Programmes
National Policy, Programme and Coordination
Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative
Implementation of the  International Code
Maternity Protection
Health and Nutrition Care
Community Outreach
Information Support
Infant Feeding & HIV
Infant Feeding during Emergencies
Monitoring and Evaluation


The State of Policies and Programme Implementation of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding in 51 Countries

For assessment findings detailed reports and report card
World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi


IYCF Programmes
Community Outreach
 Activity and Result

 Supporting Documents
Outreach and support to women in communities is essential for succeeding in optimal breastfeeding practice. The activities in this include individual or group counselling, home visits or other locally relevant activities that ensure access of infant and young child feeding counselling services to all women. Existing services and community support sub systems need to be looked at, and provision for counselling on infant and young child feeding services built into them. Women who deliver in hospital also need continued support in the community, or they may not be able to maintain exclusive breastfeeding. In fact, community support should be available for all members of the family including the father and the grandmother of the baby, who exert important influence on infant feeding behaviour in the region.

Activity and Results  

Govt of Pakistan has notified the Breast feeding rule and regulation
Heaving a sigh of relief to see its eight-year-long hard slog bearing fruit, the Nutrition Wing has finally secured the consent of its parent department - Health Ministry - to the rules framed for the speedy enforcement of the Protection of Breastfeeding & Child Nutrition Ordinance 2002. click here
January: 2nd International Training Course
BPNI/IBFAN Asia organized an 2nd Iinternational Training Course on "Infant and Young Child Feeding Counseling : A Training Course, The ‘3 in 1 course’ (integrated course on breastfeeding, complementary feeding and infant feeding & HIV)" was inaugurated in the room of GTB Hospital of University College of Medical Science,New Delhi.
BPNI, UNICEF Andhra Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh Government organized a training course on “Infant and Young Child Feeding Counseling: A Training Course – The 3 in 1 course (an integrated course breastfeeding, complementary feeding and infant feeding & HIV – counseling)” at Hindupur, Andhra Pradesh in April 2006.
January: 1st International Training Course
BPNI/IBFAN Asia organized an Ist International Training Course on"Infant and Young Child Feeding Counseling : A Training Course, The ‘3 in 1 course’ (integrated course on breastfeeding, complementary feeding and infant feeding & HIV)" in India hosted by a pioneer medical school and Laos UNICEF and government sent as team to participate, Nepal sent a team to participate and Bhutan sent a team and 3 states of India also sent a team to participate.
2005- 2006
UNICEF & BPNI conducted another round of training course and the materials were developed a Middle Level Trainer guide, Training AID, Manual for Frontline Workers and Counseling Guide for Frontline Workers, further revised to be used in other state.
WHO launches another course on “Infant and Young Child Feeding Counselling: An Integrated Course” for counselors in Manila, Phillippines in October. One of BPNI-IBFAN’s key trainers took part on invitation of WHO and learnt that the new course launched by the WHO UNICEF is not replacing the early 3 courses of breastfeeding/ complimentary feeding and HIV.  However, it is a simplified version for lay counselors to cover all 3 subjects.
Further lessons learnt, feedback incorporated from trainees and participants in May and, 3 in 1 course refined further.
Government of India’s Secretary of Women and Child Development released this version to the nation on the occasion of WBW in the presence of Mr. Eimar Barr, UNICEF’s Deputy Director, Werner Schultink, Deepika Shrivastava & BPNI & other government officials.
2004- 2005
Based on this experience and availability of additional resources of complimentary feeding from WHO, BPNI/IBFAN team made further efforts to combine complimentary feeding into the 2 in 1 course calling it “IYCF 3 in 1 training course, an integrated course on breastfeeding, complimentary feeding and infant feeding & HIV”.  This was developed in collaboration with UNICEF & WABA. This was used by BPNI, UNICEF in partnership with at least 3 state governments and further refined.

BPNI/IBFAN Asia Pacific did this effort of combining two course on the recommendation of UN and WABA’s international task force on HIV & Infant Feeding in February 2004 at Lusaka.32 trainers were trained on combined course on “Infant Feeding & HIV Counseling Course”

UN recommended combining 18 hour course HIV and Infant feeding counselling: a training course” with BFC and provided a framework programme for 6 days.
WHO/UNICEF provided “Complementary Feeding Counselling: A training course” again requiring 40 hours BFC course as a perquisite.
WHO/UNICEF/UNAIDS provided HIV and Infant feeding counselling: a training course” of 18 hour course requiring 40 hours course BFC as a prerequisite.
1998- 2000
BPNI translated “Breastfeeding Counseling and Complementary Feeding: A Training Course” course as SEARO funded the activity and provided them with translated version field tested one in January of 2000
1998- 2000
Several trainers that came out of these courses used these materials for further local training.
WHO SEARO in which UNICEF and BPNI were partners needed regional breastfeeding course in New Delhi. Considering the local situation, a 34 chapter was added to the “Breastfeeding counselling: a training course”; making it “Breastfeeding Counseling and Complementary Feeding: A Training Course”.  3 experts developed this chapter before the training season. Felicity Savage King, Dr. K P Kushwaha and Dr. Arun Gupta at this training in the report. It was recommended to SEARO and WHO HQ to include complimentary feeding.
BPNI provided 18 hours training con “Human Lactation Management Training”
WHO / UNICEF gave “Breastfeeding counselling: a training course” (BFC)of 40 hour duration
WHO / UNICEF provided 18 hours training on BFHI.
Helen C. Armstrong, IBFAN of provided “Lactation Management Topic Outlines for health professionals”


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Exclusively Breastfed Babies of the year 2006