Mia Sutanto

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2011
AIMI (Asosiasi Ibu Menyusui Indonesia)


This profile was prepared when Mia Sutanto was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2011.
The New Idea
In recent decades, with rapid urbanization, increasing employment of women in formal workplaces, and the availability and promotion of substitute “infant formulas,” breastfeeding newborn infants and young children is no longer the cultural norm in Indonesia. Consequently, the nutritional status of infants and children in low- and modest-income households has significantly declined. Mia is attempting, with growing success, to combat those trends by encouraging and assisting the formation of mother-to-mother support groups that facilitate breastfeeding and by providing the groups with supporting services, including lactation counselors. Under the aegis of a volunteer-run organization that she formed in 2007, Mia is also engaged in related educational activities and in advocacy work with relevant government agencies, and with business firms employing women of childbearing age.

Mia is strongly committed to expanding her work on a national scale. She has already extended her work to three other cities in Java, in addition to Jakarta, and plans are underway to launch three additional programs; extending the reach of her organization, Asosiasi Ibu Menyusui Indonesia (AIMI; Indonesian Breastfeeding Mothers’ Association).
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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