Intro to Breastfeeding Resources in Laos
With efforts by government and many development partners, breastfeeding rates in Laos have steadily increased from 40% in 2011, 45% in 2017 (LSIS-1), 66% in 2019 to 76% in 2022, but it decreased to 70% in 2023 (Lao PDR National Nutrition Sentinel Surveillance – June 2023). While these overall increases have been positive, there are on-going challenges from Breastmilk Substitutes and other factors. Additionally, rates of breastfeeding for working mothers are much lower. In July 2022, SUN CSA Laos conducted a survey on breastfeeding, which found that only 30% of breastfeeding staff had breastfed at their workplace.
SUN CSA member organisations are aware of the challenges and working to improve breastfeeding rates. In partnership with the Government of Lao PDR, as well as other stakeholders in the SUN Laos, including international donors and the UN, civil society organisations are looking for solutions and working to mitigate these challenges.
This page aims to collect resources and tools that can help all stakeholders to work on improving breastfeeding rates in Lao PDR. Below, you will find surveys and reports related to breastfeeding in Laos and recommendations on how to respond.
Please share any documents or resources you have with the SUN CSA Secretariat, who can add to this page and share to all stakeholders.
Together we can help Lao parents increase breastfeeding duration and improve their children’s overall nutrition.
Useful websites that breastfeeding resources in Laos include: