Seeking New Solutions for Family Planning through Breastfeeding


The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Maternal and Child Survival Program is looking for ANYONE interested in global health and development to join us for a design challenge to improve the health of women and their families around the world.

We would love to see you there if you fall into any of these categories:

  • Students or professionals who enjoy problem-solving and applying their skills outside of their usual discipline;
  • Artists, singers, playwrights, clothing designers, or other creative thinkers;
  • Students, teachers, or professionals in behavior change, marketing, advertising, communication, journalism, law, policy development, advocacy, education, agriculture, or a STEM field;
  • People with an interest or experience in breastfeeding, either personally or professionally – supportive spouses welcome;
  • Those who have knowledge of countries in the global south.

Dates and Time!

Note: Registration requires your commitment to attend all three days

Kick off event: Thursday, October 6, 5:00PM-9:00PM

Design Challenge: Saturday, October 8, 9:00AM-5:00PM & Sunday, October 9, 9:00AM-5:00PM

So what is this all about?

Despite almost universal desire to delay their next pregnancy, women who have recently given birth often do not take precautions to avoid another pregnancy. Addressing this unmet need for postpartum family planning at scale is a global problem. Correct use of the Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM) of family planning is a temporary method for breastfeeding mothers who do not want to become pregnant again right away. However, it is widely underutilized.

Participants in this weekend design challenge will work in teams to develop new ideas to empower women who are good candidates for LAM and want to take advantage of it. This event will bring together “unlike minds”—people with a wide range of skills and experience—to develop new ideas which enable more women to protect themselves from a rapid repeat pregnancy.

What is LAM?

LAM is based on the suppression of fertility that occurs during breastfeeding and is effective as long as the three criteria below are met:

  1. The mother is breastfeeding on demand, both day and night, without any other supplemental food or liquid for the baby.
  2. Her menstrual cycle has not returned since childbirth.
  3. Her baby is less than six months old.

When these three criteria are met, LAM is 98% effective in preventing pregnancy and provides an important option for many mothers following childbirth. Repeat pregnancies spaced less than two years apart put a great strain on both mothers’ and children’s health. However, women who most need family planning and could potentially use LAM are not taking advantage of it, despite decades of promotion by global health professionals.

The world needs new ideas and designs to make LAM a viable option at scale and save lives.YOU can help save lives!


While this is a free event, at this time MCSP is unable to provide financial assistance for travel and accomodation.We apologize to anyone who is unable to attend this event due to finanical constaints.