An urgent opportunity:
From India to Indiana, Kenya to Kentucky, mothers and children everywhere need good nutrition and nurturing care in the first 1,000 days in order to thrive.
Yet too many women and children in the U.S. and throughout the world do not get the food, healthcare or support they need to have a healthy first 1,000 days. The consequences are often devastating. Globally, hundreds of millions of young children fail to reach their developmental potential, while millions more die every year as a result of malnutrition.
In the U.S., as in many other parts of the world, there are profound health disparities that contribute to unacceptably high maternal and infant mortality rates. And when we fail to nourish strong beginnings, we all feel the consequences—from persistent poverty and worsening inequality, to higher healthcare costs and weaker economies.
While the roots of malnutrition, disease, stunted development and inequality are often found in the first 1,000 days, so is the opportunity to build healthier and more equitable futures for children, women, their families and societies. This opportunity is what drives us at 1,000 Days.
The Solutions We Support
Improved Women’s Health and Nutrition
Increase investments in women’s nutrition and health throughout the first 1,000 days.
Increased Breastfeeding Support
Improve policies and increase investments to enable more women to reach their breastfeeding goals.
Better Diets for Babies and Toddlers
Improve baby and toddler diets and feeding practices.
Increased Investment in Children and Families
Improve and expand programs that enable the most vulnerable babies and toddlers and their families to get the food, nutrition and support they need to thrive.