Abt Associates: Bold thinkers driving real-world impact
In 2007, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) published an Interim Rule that changed the composition and quantities of prescribed foods in the WIC food packages. In addition to aligning the packaged food with current dietary guidelines, the revisions were intended to promote more breastfeeding and less formula for infants receiving WIC. To determine the impact of these regulatory changes on the incidence, duration, and intensity of breastfeeding, Abt Associates conducted a study focusing on infants and their mothers from the birth month to the first five months postpartum. Analysis was drawn from:
Based on data gathered prior to and after the regulation was implemented, the study found no change in breastfeeding initiation or participation and a slight increase in breastfeeding duration following the rule change.
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research, evaluation and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.