This brief provides evidence for implementers and researchers of social and behavior change programs designed to improve community knowledge, attitudes, norms and behaviors for pregnant and postpartum women's health. The brief focuses on key behaviors including early breastfeeding initiation within one hour of birth and exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, while also discussing breastfeeding barriers and facilitators. This is one of a series of briefs that present findings from a Breakthrough RESEARCH study that captured data on a wide range of psychosocial factors of behavioral outcomes for family planning, malaria, and maternal, newborn and child health, and nutrition. The results in this series will help improve women’s health in Nigeria and support Nigeria's Reproductive Health Policy and global efforts to achieve United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Breakthrough RESEARCH. 2020. "Breastfeeding: Insights for improving malaria, family planning, and maternal and child health outcomes in northwestern Nigeria through social and behavior change research," Programmatic Research Brief. Abuja: Population Council.