Opportunity to submit comments on the most recent World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative’s (WBTi) report for the United States and territories

The amount of work that needs to be done to improve families’ lives can sometimes feel paralyzing. Over the next few weeks though, individuals and organizations will have the opportunity to engage with an important endeavor: submitting comments on the most recent World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative’s (WBTi) report for the United States and territories.

The WBTi report assesses the status of benchmarks on the progress of implementation of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding.

The first national assessment in the U.S. was completed in 2016 with an update made in the spring of 2019.

The U.S. as a nation scores consistently low in most indicators.

In 2017, Healthy Children Project also released a national report based on the WBTi criteria that monitors the progress of infant and young child feeding (IYCF) in each of the 50 U.S. states plus six  territories.

This year, the subject matter expert panel is calling on any individual with an interest in maternal child health to submit their comments on the next update by June 30. In order to include any initiative on the report, the information must be documented on a publicly available source.

Healthy Children Project presented the preliminary reports at the United States Breastfeeding Committee’s National Conference and Convening June 8- 10 to gain feedback from state coalitions.

What we measure as a nation is what we value, thus the report helps guide lactation policy by gauging the success of current practices and determining where improvement is needed.

On a state, organizational or individual level, the reports can help channel opportunities to engage in areas where states are lacking.

Find the preliminary reports and submit comments here: www.wbtiusa.org

You will need to enter your email address to receive a password, which will allow you to suggest changes and additions.

The Details

WHO: Individuals vested in maternal child health in the U.S. and territories

WHAT: 2023 World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative’s (WBTi) report for the United States and territories

WHEN: Now until June 30

HOW: www.wbtiusa.org

WHY: To help guide and improve maternal child health policy

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