Recommendations for a multisectorial national policy to promote breastfeeding in Mexico: Position of the National Academy of Medicine

Teresita González de Cosío-Martínez, Sonia Hernández-Cordero, Juan Rivera-Dommarco, Mauricio Hernández-Ávila, Aranzazú Alonso Cuevas, Rocío Alvarado Casas, Filipa de Castro, José Ignacio ávalos Hernández, Ilian Blanco García, Anabelle Bonvecchio Arenas, Sofía Charvel Orozco, Alejandro Chávez Casillas, Fernanda Cobo Armijo, Arantxa Colchero Aragonés, Mariana Colmenares Castaño, David Contreras Loya, Leticia Escobar Zaragoza, Isabel Ferré Eguiluz, Marina Ferreira Rea, Armando García GuerraDinorah González Castell, Wendy González, Gabriela Hernández González, Pablo Kuri Morales, Bernardo Lessa Horta, Ruy López Ridaura, Christian Loret de Mola, Ana Lilia Lozada Tequeanes, Chessa Lutter, Laura Magaña Valladares, Mónica Mazariegos, Rafael Pérez Escamilla, Jean Marie S Place, Ivonne Ramírez Silva, Cynthia Rosas Magallanes, Eréndira Saavedra Albarrán, Florence L. Théodore Rowlerson, Gabriela Torres Mejía, Mishel Unar Munguía, Heladio Verver y Vargas Ramírez, César Victora, Alejandría Villa de la Vega, Salvador Villalpando Hernández, representación del Comité de Expertos

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Evidence strongly supports that to improve breastfeeding practices it is needed to strengthen actions of promotion, protection and support. To achieve this goal, it is necessary to establish a multisectoral national policy that includes elements such as design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs and policies, funding research, advocacy to develop political willingness, and the promotion of breastfeeding from the national to municipal level, all coordinated by a central level. It is until now that Mexico has initiated a reform process to the establish a National Strategy for Breastfeeding Action. This strategy, is the result not only of the consistent scientific evidence on clear and strong benefits of breastfeeding on population health and the development of human capital, but also for the alarming data of deterioration of breastfeeding practices in the country. The comprehensive implementation of the National Strategy for Breastfeeding Action that includes the establishment of a national committee, intra- and inter-sectoral coordination of actions, setting clear goals and monitoring the International Code of Marketing of Breast- Milk Substitutes, is the awaiting responsibility of the public health agenda of the country.

Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)106-113
Number of pages8
JournalSalud Publica de Mexico
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Breastfeeding
  • Health policy
  • Mexico

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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