What is it about?

Almost half of all Indonesian children under 6 months of age were not exclusive breastfed in 2017. Optimizing maternity protection programs may result in increased breastfeeding rates. This study aims to: estimate the potential cost implications of optimizing the current paid maternity protection program, estimate budgets needed to increase coverage of lactation rooms in mid and large firms, and explore challenges in its implementation in Indonesia.

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Why is it important?

The cost of expanding paid maternity leave is lower than the potential cost savings of US$ 1.5 billion from decreased child deaths and diseases, maternal cancer rates and cognitive loss. Sharing the cost of paid maternity leave between government and the private sector may provide a feasible economic solution. The main barriers to increasing breastfeeding need to be overcome to reap the benefits of recommended breastfeeding practices.

Perspectives

“Although the cost of maternity protection is significant, it is outweighed by the estimated beneficial impact on breastfeeding according to recommendations.”

Roger Mathisen
FHI 360

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This page is a summary of: The financing need for expanded maternity protection in Indonesia, International Breastfeeding Journal, June 2019, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1186/s13006-019-0221-1.
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