1,000 Days advisors are experts in the fields of nutrition, health, early childhood development, economics and public policy.  Their expertise informs our work and helps us translate the growing body of research and scientific evidence into an agenda for action.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors provides 1,000 Days with the leadership and guidance it needs to fulfill its mission and realize the promise of a healthy first 1,000 days for all mothers and children.


We fight for a healthy first 1,000 days for mothers and children everywhere


Our partners are committed to realizing a healthy first 1,000 days for women and children in the U.S. and throughout the world. Become A Partner Founding Partners The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation W.K. Kellogg Foundation The David & Lucile Packard Foundation Irish Aid InterAction U.S. Department of State Program Partners Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine … Continued

Our Story

We are the leading nonprofit organization working to ensure a healthy first 1,000 days for mothers and children everywhere. 1,000 Days was born in 2010 in response to ground-breaking scientific evidence that identified a powerful window of opportunity from a woman’s pregnancy to a child’s 2nd birthday when nutrition had a long-term impact on the … Continued


Nourish their potential. By age 2, children have reached about half of their adult height and their brains are 80% of the size of adult brains. As they transition from babies to toddlers, children also experience a tremendous amount of cognitive and social development, as well as major leaps in language abilities and motor skills. … Continued


From the day she is born to her first birthday, breastfeeding gives baby the very best start to life. And the benefits reach far into the future. Breastmilk is nature’s perfect nutrition. It is tailor-made for babies providing all the vitamins, proteins and fats that they need for the first six months—no other liquids or … Continued


The foundation of a child’s health begins with her mother’s nutrition. During pregnancy, babies are entirely dependent on their mothers for the nutrients they need to help their bodies grow and their organs develop properly. For starters, during pregnancy mom’s nutrition fuels the development of a baby’s rapidly growing brain so by the time that … Continued

Acute Malnutrition

Globally, 50 million children under the age five are wasted, with 16 million of those estimated to be severely wasted. That is, 1 out of every 13 children in the world is not getting enough calories from food and faces an immediate risk of death. Wasting occurs when a child rapidly loses body weight as … Continued