Government priorities | Ngā whakaarotau a te Kawanatanga

Effective action to protect, promote and support breastfeeding requires political commitment at the highest level, and government leadership and coordination (World Health Organization 2003; World Health Organization 2020). This includes purposeful and decisive public action through policies, programmes and legislation (McFadden et al 2015).

Certain building blocks must be in a place at a national level to lay the foundations for the actions and outcomes that follow. These building blocks are presented across two priority areas for government action.

Priority 1 Whakaarotau 1

Improving equity and wellbeing for Māori

Priority 2 Whakaarotau 2

Policies, guidelines, regulations and frameworks protect, promote and support breastfeeding and optimal infant feeding


McFadden A, Kenney-Muir N, Whitford H, et al. 2015. Breastfeeding: Policy Matters. Identifying strategies to effectively influence political commitment to breastfeeding: A review of six country case studies. London: The Save The Children Fund.

World Health Organization. 2020. Infant and young child feeding. Geneva: World Health Organization.

World Health Organization. 2003. Community-based strategies for breastfeeding promotion and support in developing countries. Geneva: World Health Organization.

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