National Infant and Young Child Feeding Policy

General information

The policy facilitates and establishes standards for the promotion, protection and support for breastfeeding, or an appropriate alternative. It aims to create a sustainable environment that contributes to the reduction of infant morbidity and mortality and improve health and nutrition of children in Jamaica.

Country Jamaica
Type Polìtica
Classification Health and nutrition
Date 06.2014
Responsible institution

Ministry of Health (MOH)

Responsable de formular y facilitar el desarrollo de políticas y programas y la implementación de programas de salud pública, nutrición, salud maternoinfantil, entre otros, así como proyectos para asegurar una población saludable y el cumplimiento de las regulaciones de salud pública.

Related institutions

Ministry of Education (MOE)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade

Planning Institute of Jamaica

Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS)

Ministry of Finance and Planning

Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF)

Early Childhood Commission

  1. Increasing access to breastfeeding in communities and workplaces.
  2. Achieving the status of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) in all institutions that provide maternity services and children’s health.
  3. Establish a sustainable mechanism for the collection of accurate, timely and comprehensive feeding for infants and children. Also create indicators that influence policy and program development.
  4. Build capacity in all relevant agencies and at different levels of the health system and community, for the promotion, protection and support for feeding infants and children.
  5. Develop and implement public education initiatives to promote and support best practices for infants and children.
Target population

Children of Jamaica