We believe that all children deserve a healthy first 1,000 days and the opportunity to achieve their full potential. But too many children are robbed of this opportunity because they don’t get the nutrition they need to thrive.

1,000 Days is working to change this through actions that are guided by a set of principles that we set out for ourselves and our partners.

1,000 Days works to ensure that

  • The nutritional health of women and children, particularly during the 1,000 day window between pregnancy and age two, is a policy and funding priority.
  • The world’s mothers and future mothers are valued, healthy and well-nourished.
  • More babies are exclusively breastfed from birth to six months and are continuing to breastfeed for at least one year.
  • Women are empowered and supported to breastfeed and make choices about how to nourish their children in a way that is free from predatory marketing and commercial influence.
  • Women and young children eat a healthy and diverse diet of nutritious foods. This requires a shift in food and agriculture policies, food systems and environments and social norms so that healthy foods are available, affordable and desired.
  • Women and children have access to quality health care, clean water and sanitation, and social support systems.
  • Life-saving treatment for acute malnutrition reaches those who need it the most.
  • There is greater collaboration to bring an end to malnutrition in all its forms.

1,000 Days will not partner with manufacturers of infant formula or any company whose marketing practices undermine women’s confidence to breastfeed or violate the International Code for the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How is 1,000 Days governed?

As a 501(c)(3) public charity in the United States, 1,000 Days has an independent Board of Directors that provides oversight and shapes the organization’s strategy and priorities.

Where does 1,000 Days’ funding come from?

1,000 Days is deeply appreciative of the support we receive from donors like you and from our core funding partners: the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the David & Lucile Packard Foundation.

Does 1,000 Days partner with companies?

1,000 Days does not generally partner with companies or organizations that represent the private sector. In our work on behalf of women and children, we strive to remain free from conflicts of interests. 1,000 Days Board of Director provides critical guidance and oversight in this area.

What is 1,000 Days’ relationship with infant formula manufacturers?

1,000 Days will not partner with manufacturers of infant formula such as Nestle, Danone, Mead Johnson, Abbott Labs and Honest Company or any company whose marketing practices undermine women’s confidence to breastfeed or violate the International Code for the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes (the Code).

Of all foods, breastmilk has the greatest power to save children’s lives and give them the best foundation for health. Ensuring that mothers are supported to breastfeed and that breastfeeding is protected and promoted as the norm for infant feeding is central to our work. While 1,000 Days requests that all its partners to uphold the 1,000 Days Principles in their work, we cannot control other organizations’ decisions to work with companies that violate the Code.