Unfortunately many international aid organizations have given emergency and long-term aid that has undermined breastfeeding in the countries they are helping. In both the short and long-term this hurts babies and mothers. If you’d like to be able to make an international donation that supports breastfeeding, Mercy Corps has the option of a specific breastfeeding-support donation. As they say in the description of the “Breastfeeding Mercy Kit”:
Improving early and exclusive breastfeeding in Indonesia would help reduce the country’s high rates of neonatal mortality and malnutrition among children under five. Fewer than 4 in 10 children are breastfed within an hour of birth, and half of the mothers who do breastfeed stop midway into the six-month period recommended by doctors. These indicators are even worse in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, where one-quarter of 5-year-olds are underweight.
They say that the purchase of a Breastfeeding Kit goes to support this specific program and that the $75 donation covers the cost to train a breastfeeding counselor in a neighborhood health clinic in Jakarta.