A policy is a framework which guides decision making in an organization or government. It is a statement of intended action. Policies deal with matters of daily life.

Advocacy is an organized effort to influence decision making. People who attempt to inform decision makers and to influence their decisions are called advocates.

International conventions, policy actions, and initiatives in support of breastfeeding

International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes (1981) and subsequent World Health Assembly resolutions
Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989)
World Summit for Children (1990)
World Declaration on the Survival, Protection, and Development of Children and Plan of Action for Children (1990)
Innocenti Declaration (1990)
Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (1991)
International Nutrition Conference (1992)
International Conference on Population and Development (1994)
Fourth World Conference on Population and Development (1994)
Global Strategy on Infant and Young Child Feeding (presented at the World Health Assembly in 2002)

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Listed below are links to the three foundation policy documents related to IYCF.

The Innocenti Declaration lays out an international agenda with targets for the protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding.

WHO and UNICEF jointly developed the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding to revitalize world attention to
the impact that feeding practices have on the nutritional status, growth and development, health, and thus the very survival of infants and young

This document outlines the contribution of early and exclusive breastfeeding, continued breastfeeding with complementary feeding and related maternal nutrition to the Millennium Development Goals.