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.
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