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Healthier Babies. Stronger Families.

August 1, 2017

When a baby is born, her purpose is simple: to grow into a healthy child. Breastfeeding makes this possible by giving newborns nutritional and immune-protective benefits that benefit their immediate and long-term health. This year's World Breastfeeding Week 2017 theme is focused on raising awareness of the links between breastfeeding and the Sustainable Development Goals.

For over 30 years, JSI has worked with governments, community leaders, and families to give health care practitioners the tools and skills they need to advise mothers on the best practices for breastfeeding and managing the dietary and nutritional needs of themselves and their infants. Take a look at our work from past years, and join us on Facebook and Twitter from August 1-7 to celebrate #WBW2017!

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Strengthening the Health System and Fostering Community a Community-based Approach
JSI is a pioneer of at-scale implementation of high-impact nutrition interventions using the Essential Nutrition Actions (ENA) framework. We are committed to empowering people, especially women, communities and health care workers, with essential nutrition and hygiene actions in support of Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 3, which aims to significantly reduce hunger, and women and children mortality by 2030.

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A mother & child at the health facility at Domeli in Jhelum in Pakistan. The Pakistan Initiative for Mothers and Newborns project aimed to strengthen the health system and foster a community-based approach to ensure a continuum of care for mothers and newborns.

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Weighing-in at the Well Baby Clinic at a health facility.

Advocating for Supportive Breastfeeding Environments and Practices

JSI advocates for supportive breastfeeding environments and practices every day, but annual World Breastfeeding Week is a special opportunity to promote breastfeeding in the communities where we work.

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Akhasi Khanda receives support from her mother-in-law as she breastfeeds her daughter after attending a community video screening hosted by the JSI-SPRING project that highlighted the importance of good nutrition in the first 1,000 days.

Advocating for Supportive Breastfeeding Environments and Practices
A woman breastfeeding her baby in Niger after a SPRING workshop on nutrition.

Building Health Worker Capacity
We train community health workers on breastfeeding and lactation management so they can make correct breastfeeding recommendations to mothers.

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Madeleine Bienvenue, a community health volunteer trained through the JSI-led Madagascar Community-based Integrated Health Program advises women on best practices for breastfeeding.