Estimating the Effect of Suboptimal Breastfeeding Practices on Child Mortality: A Model in PROFILES for Country-Level Advocacy

Estimating the Effect of Suboptimal Breastfeeding Practices on Child Mortality: A Model in PROFILES for Country-Level Advocacy

Optimal breastfeeding reduces the risk of child mortality.

Recently, FANTA updated the PROFILES tool to include a model that estimates the effect of suboptimal breastfeeding practices on child mortality.

Developed to support country-level nutrition advocacy, PROFILES  consists of a set of computer-based models that calculate consequences if malnutrition does not improve over a defined time period and the benefits of improved nutrition over the same time period, including lives saved, disabilities averted, human capital gains, and economic productivity gains (or economic productivity losses averted).

This brief explains why the model on breastfeeding practices was developed, how it is calculated, and how it is used for nutrition advocacy.