About the Conference


The International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) in partnership with the Department of Health, Government of Republic of South Africa, proudly hosts the Second World Breastfeeding Conference 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Conference will call for committed action and provide a platform for breastfeeding advocates, governments, scientists, civil society organisations, UN agencies, international organizations, research institutions, public interest groups, and other stakeholders to discuss and share experiences. It will provide opportunity to review the global investment promises for maternal, infant and young child nutrition in light of resolutions from the 65th World Health Assembly of 2012, and to generate ideas for further resource mobilization and/or strengthening of interventions.

The conference will also address breastfeeding in a human rights framework, emphasizing women’s rights, children’s rights, the right to food and nutrition, and maternity protection. Furthermore, the conference will raise awareness on progress so far made in improving breastfeeding rates, which has occurred at different speeds in many countries – both developed and developing. It will raise awareness on a number of challenges that continue to arise in the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding and other IYCF interventions due to funding, structural, policy and political environment.

The need to invest in IYCF is even more crucial now as the global community has ended the MDG era and has agreed on a new framework, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The conference will justify the need for governments to develop well-costed national plans on breastfeeding and MIYCN and allocate appropriate human, institutional and financial resources to effectively implement, monitor and report on such plans within the SDG framework. The conference will further provide an opportunity to raise awareness about the need to invest in breastfeeding as a practical solution towards protecting the environment and protecting mothers and children against the effects of climate change.


  • To engage, inspire, innovate and advocate in partnership with like minded breastfeeding advocates and stakeholders for the attainment of Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition targets set by the 65th World Health Assembly;

  • To broaden the understanding on the persistent barriers that despite various global policy and advocacy initiatives over the past 30 years, continue to impede improvement in exclusive breastfeeding rates and violate the human rights of those affected;

  • To raise awareness about the inadequate and wide variation among member countries – both developed and developing, in the progress made towards improving breastfeeding practices, which is attributable to funding, structural, policy and political challenges;

  • To highlight the pivotal role played by the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding in transforming maternal and child health since the 2012 World Breastfeeding Conference, and to build upon this momentum; and

  • To foster collective action, adoption and alignment of regional and country level strategies as well as plans towards targets set in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and advocate for increased investment for optimal breastfeeding and MIYCN.

Our Ethical Pollicy

The organizers follow the ethical policy of not accepting sponsorship from any source with conflict of interests like manufacturers of baby foods and related equipment. The conference participants are therefore requested to follow the same policy while seeking funds or sponsorship for the conference.

The conference will be accredited as a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) event and South African participants will qualify for up to 19 General CEUs and 19 Ethics CEUs depending on session attendance.
International participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance which can be used to apply for CEUs from their health/nutrition professional board in their country.

Certificates will be issued after the conference.

Download : Concept Note World Breastfeeding Conference 2016