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Procurement and use of breastmilk substitutes in humanitarian settings

UNICEF is committed to supporting mothers to exclusively breastfeed their infants to 6 months of age and to continue breastfeeding to age 2 and beyond with appropriate complementary foods. Protection, promotion, and support for breastfeeding is central to all humanitarian programmes that include infant and young child feeding (IYCF) support. However, there are circumstances where infants cannot be breastfed. This guidance document outlines UNICEF’s commitments, guiding principles, and procedures for managing the procurement and use of breastmilk substitutes (BMS) for UNICEF staff working in humanitarian settings.

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Organization(s): 
Global Nutrition Cluster
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Original Publication Date: 
01 Jun 2022
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Key Messages