ADS Chapter 212

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Breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child Nutrition Promotion, Protection, and Support

Functional Series 200 – Programming

Partial Revision Date: 06/16/2020
Responsible Office: GH/SPBO/SPB
File Name: 212_061620


This chapter provides the policies and procedures for breastfeeding and infant and young child nutrition promotion, protection, and support.  The objectives of this chapter are to: Define USAID policy and responsibilities related to breastfeeding protection, promotion, and support during the first two years of life or beyond, and the introduction of appropriate complementary feeding practices from six months of life, and acceptable use of breast milk substitutes during the first year of life; provide references for optimal breastfeeding practices and breastfeeding program support approaches for USAID strategic objective areas; address breastfeeding programming as related to mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and other infectious diseases; and delineate processes and procedures for the procurement, distribution, and use of breast milk substitutes in times of crisis, infectious disease outbreaks, emergencies, and natural disasters.