Understanding breastfeeding and stunting in Belize

Understanding breastfeeding and stunting in Belize

Breastfeeding is an important influence in preventing stunting and reducing mortality in babies. Stunting, in turn, is connected to cognitive function, educational status and thus a factor in generational poverty. We conducted this project in Belize in 2022 with mothers and caretakers of children less than 5 years of age and analysed existing MICS (Multi Indicator Cluster Survey) data to find out about behavioural factors and trends that steer breastfeeding, nutrition, and stunting. Additionally, we conducted key informant interviews, focus group discussions and qualitative interviews to find out more about practices, motivations and barriers for breastfeeding and nutrition. The findings were used to create recommendations which included promotion and behaviour change campaigning, creating social change, policy-making, education and training of health professionals, women empowerment, support and advocacy.

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Understanding breastfeeding and stunting in Belize

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