98% of children in Zimbabwe are breastfed

According to the Zimbabwe Demographic Household Survey (ZDHS 2015), 98% of children in Zimbabwe are breastfed, with 48% being exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life and 14% breastfed until they are two years old.

ZDHS said there are several breastfeeding issues which include early introduction of porridge and traditional herbs, inadequate complementary feeding, fontanelle issues, and mothers thinking that they do not produce enough breast milk; among others.

The UN family in Zimbabwe continues to support the Government of Zimbabwe in promoting exclusive breastfeeding and adequate complementary feeding; scaling up of baby friendly hospital initiatives and community and facility based Infant and Young Child Feeding promotion; setting up of mother support groups and mother care support groups; and support of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (CODE) as well as implementation of the Global Strategy for IYCF.

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