GHANA BBF SCORE=2.0
Early initiation and exclusive breastfeeding of young children are essential components of Ghana’s Infant and Young Child Feeding Strategy. However, only 56% of Ghanaian infants initiate breastfeeding within the recommended one hour post-delivery. Further, only 52% of infants below 6 months are exclusively breastfed. The duration of exclusive breastfeeding has been progressively declining over the past decade.
The Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly process identified gaps in the national breastfeeding programming. The following recommended actions were presented to the key decision makers to address the gaps.
- Strengthen advocacy by enlisting more breastfeeding champions (high level and visible individuals); engage with existing champions and build their capacity.
- Ratify and adopt provisions of ILO Maternity Protection Convention, 2000, No. 183.
- Harmonize, Strengthen, and monitor pre-service and in-service training of health staff and volunteers providing breastfeeding services.
- Scale up dissemination of accurate information on breastfeeding practice using multiple channels of communication at all levels.