Breastfeeding

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Photo of men and women reaching out and cutting a blue ceremonial ribbon.

SPRING's partnerships with local NGOs to promote UNICEF's IYCF Package, paired with evidence of its effectiveness, spurs government uptake beyond the life of the project

Photo of the group at the BFHI awards ceremony, four people smile and pose holding a large plaque. Caption: At-Bashy FMC is awarded BFHI certification. (pictured left to right) Jarkyn Ibraeva, Deputy Governor of Naryn oblast, Nurgul Ibraeva Senior Specialist of MOH, Nurdin Aliev Director of At-Bashy FMC, and Sadat Sattarova Head of Save the Children International Kyrgyzstan office.

USAID, Ministry of Health, and oblast government representatives attended the BFHI award ceremony for three facilities in Jalalabad on January 31, 2018. On the same day, MOH and oblast...

Roundtable participants stand in a line and smile at the camera

SPRING/Kyrgyz Republic hosted a round table event to disseminate findings from a series of four surveys, including gains in nutrition outcome indicators.

Accepting an award

SPRING/Kyrgyz Republic supports three new facilities in Naryn and Jalalabad to receive Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative certification.

Nathan Park, center, poses with SPRING volunteers and trainers after a session on methods of long term storage and preservation of nutritious foods at home.

Deputy Mission Director Nathan Park visited SPRING activity sites in Kok-Jangak rayon, where he participated in a training on home-based storage of nutritious foods, and joined a home visit...

Galleries

Photo of two people posing with a large plaque. USAID Health Project Management Specialist Aisha Zhorobekova presents the BFHI certification plaque to Abdulbaki Yrysbekov, Director of Karakul General Medicine Practice Center in Jalalabad oblast.

USAID, Ministry of Health, and oblast government representatives attended the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) award ceremony for three facilities in Jalalabad on January 31, 2018....

World Breastfeeding Week 2017: Healthy babies, strong families, sustainable communities

SPRING advocates for supportive breastfeeding environments and practices everyday, but the annual World Breastfeeding Week marks a special opportunity to promote breastfeeding in the...

Keywords: Breastfeeding
An overhead view of hundreds of event participants.

In April 2017, SPRING/Kyrgyz Republic and the Kyrgyz tele-radio company, Tumar, organized seven free concerts in seven townships—Jalalabad, Tash-Kumyr, Kara-Kul, Kochkor-Ata, Mailuu-Suu,...

Chinyere Ekwueme, IYCF Desk Officer from the FCT Primary Heatlh Care Development Agency, recognizes SPRING's leadership in the harmonization of IYCF tools and strengthening the data collection process.

In November 2016, representatives from the Government of Nigeria, USAID, international NGOs, and civil society organizations gathered for a final meeting to celebrate the achievements and...

Briefs

A grandmother helps her young granddaughter eat her food with a spoon.

During 2014–2017, SPRING undertook four surveys in the target areas to gain knowledge on the current status of a range of indicators related to the nutrition practices among women and...

Location: Kyrgyz Republic

Videos

Two women sit side-by-side on a bench. One woman is telling the other to exclusively breastfeed.

The doctor at a health center greets a new mother and explains to her that when a baby is born they should immediately be breastfed, and that they should only receive breastmilk until they...

Keywords: Breastfeeding
Location: Guinea
Animate mother, father, and baby talk to a doctor in the doctor's office.

SPRING/Kyrgyz Republic works with media partners to develop and share videos on key nutrition messages across the country. This animated video contains key messages on the importance of...

Keywords: Breastfeeding
Location: Kyrgyz Republic
Animated mother sits in a chair and breastfeeds her baby.

SPRING/Kyrgyz Republic works with media partners to develop and share videos on key nutrition messages across the country. This animated video contains key messages on the importance of...

Keywords: Breastfeeding
Location: Kyrgyz Republic
A woman sits on a couch and breastfeeds her infant

SPRING/Kyrgyz Republic works with media partners to develop and share videos on key nutrition messages across the country. This live action video contains key messages on the importance of...

Keywords: Breastfeeding
Location: Kyrgyz Republic
A chalk drawing on a wall of a mother breastfeeding her infant and pushing away someone's hand holding a bottle of milk.

An expecting mother and her mother-in-law visit the clinic for prenatal care. Aissatou, the midwife, uses the visit as an opportunity to talk about the benefits of early initiation of...

A couple sits and talks about breastfeeding as the mother tries to keep the baby on the blanket.

The men and women discuss how continuous breastfeeding improves a child's health and development. 

Three women sit companionably and talk. One woman holds an infant.

Mr. Yahaya decides to accompany his wife, Mrs. Arawa, to the health clinic. They live in the village of Tassoua Haoussa in the Zinder region of Niger. On the way back, the couple sees two...

Two women, one holding a baby, sit and talk seriously.

In Pétéguersé, a village in the commune of Gorgadji, a child, Issa, strong and healthy, is admired by everyone in the village. A 7-month pregnant neighbor, Ouman, visits Issa’s mother,...

Three women sit in a group and admire a healthy-looking baby that one woman is holding.

A pregnant Seremaye and her husband visit their friends Denise and her husband. Seremaye asks Denise why her baby is so strong and healthy. Denise explains that at birth, she introduced...

A mother looks on as her child eats a slice of watermelon

Celine visits her friend, Dapoa and notices all the nutritious meals her friend has prepared at home. Dapoa explains that providing complementary feeding and breastfeeding to her child from...

Woman leading a Farmer Nutrition School in Bangladesh

SPRING pioneered the community-based farmer nutrition schools (FNS) approach to promote the production of nutrient-dense vegetables, fruits, and animal source foods at the household level...

Training Materials

A group of six Kyrgyz women sits in a line of chairs. They are listening, but bored.

This module is intended to prepare health care providers to facilitate mother support groups in hospitals, Family Doctors Groups, and Feldsher-Obstetrical Ambulatory Points (FAP) in order...

Keywords: Breastfeeding
Location: Kyrgyz Republic

Job Aids and Tools

Энелердин толук кандуу тамактануусу балдардын өсүүсүнүн жана өнүгүшүнүн кепилдиги

SPRING has developed a booklet for mothers about the 1,000 Day Window of Opportunity, from pregnancy up to the child’s second birthday, the period when life-long physical and cognitive...

Мы придерживаемся принципов доброжелательного отношения к матери

SPRING/Kyrgyz Republic, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic, has designed a set of 10 posters for hospitals and health facilities about the Baby-Friendly...

Reports

A woman smiles at the camera while holding her baby.

Undernutrition affects all income levels and geographic zones of Nigeria. HIV/AIDS also affects large numbers of Nigerians, in many cases the same populations suffering from undernutrition...

Activities

Healthcare worker working with mother holding infant

SPRING/Kyrgyz Republic advocates for the early initiation of breastfeeding by supporting the accreditation of facilities as “baby-friendly” hospitals.

Series

The evaluators discussing the package

SPRING has partnered with UNICEF, the the Federal Ministry of Health of Nigeria, the Kaduna State Ministry of Health, and the Kajuru local government area to evaluate the community based...

Success Stories

Aminci Support Group members contribute money to a common pool of funds that can be used to increase the diversity of foods eaten by their families.

To bring better infant and young child feeding practices to caregivers like the ones in Kajuru Ward, the FMOH—with support from UNICEF—is rolling out the C-IYCF Counselling Package. As part...

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Resource Review Summaries

The WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding of infants for six months after birth. Breastmilk contains all the nutrients an infant needs in the first six months of life but is low in iron....

Keywords: Anemia, Breastfeeding
Location: Kenya

In this editorial, the authors make the case for using complex analysis systems longitudinal research to understand how best to empower decision makers for scaling up effective...

Keywords: Breastfeeding