Mays Iseed

Mays is a Global Policy and Advocacy Program Associate at 1,000 Days. In this role Mays supports the organization’s global nutrition advocacy team efforts to mobilize new resources to improve polices and advance the investment in maternal and child nutrition programs worldwide. She is also supporting the International Coalition for advocacy on Nutrition (ICAN) and … Continued

FAQ: Introducing Solid Foods

You’ve got questions, so we talked with infant and toddler feeding experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help answer them! As 1,000 Days released 12 bite-sized videos for parents about the introduction of solid foods, we quickly discovered that there are even more questions to answer. So we compiled the … Continued

An Incredible Opportunity: Breastfeeding & Social Media

1,000 Days recently organized a day-long workshop in Nigeria with several partners working to promote, protect and support breastfeeding. Together with 43 representatives from 20 different local organizations and governmental agencies, including Alive & Thrive, UNICEF, Nigeria Center for Disease Control, Nigeria Ministry of Health and many others, we sparked a robust discussion about what … Continued

When It Comes to Paid Leave, the Details Matter

Yesterday, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Representative Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) released a new paid leave proposal to provide new parents the time they desperately need to care for themselves and their newborns. While the bill – titled the Economic Security for New Parents Act – sounds good, it is flawed for several reasons: The Rubio … Continued

August is Breastfeeding Month

Today marks the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) AND National Breastfeeding Month. All month long, people around the world are celebrating the amazing benefits of breastfeeding, while continuing the fight to ensure women have the support they need to breastfeed. Join us and pledge your support for women to breastfeed anytime, anywhere. The … Continued

ICYMI: Breastfeeding in the News

Over the last week, breastfeeding has become a front-page issue. On Sunday, July 8 the New York Times published a story about the U.S. Government’s opposition to a World Health Assembly (WHA) resolution to encourage breastfeeding. This story sparked unprecedented media interest and a public outcry against the efforts of both the U.S. delegation and the … Continued

Calling on Companies to Fully Comply with the Code

Companies that make milk formulas must market their products responsibly to ensure that they do not undermine breastfeeding or infant and child health. As the recent reports by Save the Children UK and the Access to Nutrition Foundation confirm, these six companies have made little progress in curbing the unethical marketing of their products. In fact, none of these … Continued

Guest Post: When the US opposes evidence-based efforts to promote breastfeeding, what comes next?

The original version of this piece was posted at On Sunday, The New York Times reported an unexpected confrontation at the World Health Assembly (WHA). The US delegation tried to thwart the passage of a resolution to promote breastfeeding and reduce misleading marketing of breastmilk substitutes. The Trump administration’s actions elicited widespread condemnation, with … Continued

Senate Holds Hearing on Paid Leave

Last week, the powerful Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on paid leave in its subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy. The hearing lifted up the critical need for paid leave and how our current patchwork of paid leave policies fall short of supporting all infants and families. It confirmed what we already … Continued

Statement from Lucy Sullivan on the U.S. Opposition to the World Health Assembly Breastfeeding Resolution

Washington, D.C., July 9, 2018 – Well before the New York Times article, “U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials” broke, 1,000 Days reported on and exposed the Trump Administration’s aggressive tactics to silence support for the breastfeeding resolution at the World Health Assembly. In this case, despite the U.S. delegation’s efforts, public health … Continued