This summer, ARCH partnered with the Scaling Up Nutrition Civil Society Network to host a webinar series on the global policies which protect families against inappropriate promotion of foods for infants and young children. Full video recordings of these webinar presentations are now available for anyone interested in learning about the regulatory and policy environment around breastfeeding and complementary feeding.
This series begins with an overview of the World Health Organization’s International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and the history of its implementation since adoption by the World Health Assembly in 1981. It continues with a discussion of current issues in child nutrition advocacy, including the role of the new Guidance on Ending the Inappropriate Promotion of Foods for Infants and Young Children in the application and enforcement of the Code.
A Civil Society Guide to: The International Code of Marketing of Breast milk Substitutes and new Global Guidance on Marketing Infant Foods was designed to empower civil society colleagues with the necessary information for upholding global guidelines to protect infants and young children.
Read a description of each webinar and access video recordings below.
The International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes (the Code): As relevant as ever. Although the Code was adopted by the World Health Assembly in 1981, there have been a number of subsequent resolutions (including WHA 69.9 of May 2016) that are also an important part of the Code. With a great deal of global focus on the importance of nutrition in the first 1000 days, the Code, in its entirety, is as relevant today as it was all those years ago. This webinar is designed to outline the Code for both beginners and those wanting a refresher as to its content and interpretation and empower you to continue advocacy for the Code in national legislation. Presented by David Clark, legal adviser for UNICEF and Code expert.
The Code now clearly includes follow-up formula and Growing-Up milks: What does this mean?
Over the years, new products have come onto the market aimed for feeding of older infants and young children. These include a range of milk products whose market has grown exponentially. Only last year, the World Health Assembly adopted a resolution (WHA 69.9) that now clearly categorises these products as being breastmilk substitutes and requires them to comply with the Code. This critical issue is on the current agenda of the Codex Committee on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses (CCNFSDU). This webinar is designed to fill you in on this category of products, why they are now explicitly part of the Code, and what it means for countries and programmes. It will empower you to be able to advocate in country for both national legislation to be expanded and for active Codex engagement towards the December 2017 CCNFSDU meeting. Presented by Jane Badham, consultant to Helen Keller International’s ARCH project.
With infant and young child feeding under the global spotlight the World Health Assembly of 2016, as part of WHA 69.9, welcomed guidance from the WHO as to what constitutes the inappropriate promotion of foods for infants and young children. This includes the growing and diverse complementary food market. This webinar is designed to share with you the new guidance and what it means using practical examples so as to empower you to advise a wide range of stakeholders on this important topic. Presented by Jane Badham, consultant to Helen Keller International’s ARCH project.
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The NC Breastfeeding Coalition just sent this message about new resources:
In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, the WHO and UNICEF unveiled a new partnership called the Breastfeeding Advocacy Collective that brings together more than 20 organizations around one goal: increase attention and investment on breastfeeding worldwide.
Newly released materials include:
All materials and more can be found at www.unicef.org/breastfeeding. We encourage you to make good use of these materials during World Breastfeeding Week (… and beyond!) to make the case for increased attention to breastfeeding, one of the smartest investments a country can make.
2017 World Breastfeeding Week
World Breastfeeding Week “Sustaining Breastfeeding Together” –you might think “what has that got to do with me in my everyday life?”
Working toward the 2030 UNICEF Sustainable Development Goals of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA)http://worldbreastfeedingweek.
Read this Huffington Post article “It Takes A Village To Raise Breastfeeding Rates” http://www.huffingtonpost.co.
v Print out the NC Breastfeeding Law and keep copies in your bag to give one to each mother you see nursing in public or including one in your baby shower gifts. The NC Breastfeeding Law: states: “a woman may breastfeed in any public or private location where she is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother’s breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breast feeding” – NC Gen. Stat. § 14?190.9
v Check out other breastfeeding laws at www.ncbfc.org
v Suggest the places where you shop apply for the NC Breastfeeding Friendly Business or the NC Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace awards http://ncbfc.org/ncbc-
v Encourage the practices where your family gets healthcare by nominating them for the Mother-Baby Friendly Healthcare Clinic Award http://ncbfc.org/mother-baby-
v Donate extra milk to the Mothers’ Milk Bankhttp://www.wakemed.org/
An interdisciplinary team of scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München has studied the metabolism of women with gestational diabetes after giving birth. Along with partners at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), they were able to show that breastfeeding for more than three months brings about long-term metabolic changes. The research findings have been published in the journal Diabetologia.
Four percent of all pregnant women in Germany develop gestational diabetes before the birth of their child. Although their blood sugar levels initially return to normal after delivery, one in two of the mothers affected develops type 2 diabetes within the next ten years. While it has been shown that lactation can lower this risk by 40 percent, the reasons for this are not yet understood.
Read rest of article-Medical News Today
Is formula the same as breastmilk?
There are some people out there that argue that there is no difference between breastmilk and formulas now that so many “improvements” in formula have occurred. At the biochemical level, formula is not the same as breastmilk, not even close. If you take a look at a can of formula and the list of ingredients, it is patently obvious that breastmilk contains at least 20 times more “ingredients” than formula. Breastmilk contains live cells, stem cells, white cells, immune factors and antibodies which cannot be added formula and that’s just the beginning. In every other situation people would readily admit that powdered milk which is then re-constituted with hot water is not the same as fresh milk.
Formula and breastmilk are not at all the same, not even close.
Formula company advertising has tried to convince parents for years that their formulas are the same are the same as breastmilk. Photo 1 shows an ad, probably from the late 1890s or early 1900s, which states, in French “Artificial Milk Feeding”, using the word normally used for “breastfeeding” (allaitement). Sneaky no?
Read rest of article-IBC
In the past few years, the use of donated breast milk in hospitals has skyrocketed across the country. Alabama is no exception.
The nonprofit Mothers’ Milk Bank of Alabama, which opened in November 2015, accepts donated breast milk, screens it, pasteurizes it and packages it to dispense to hospitals for a processing fee that helps defray costs.
Many hospitals use it for critically ill and premature babies who aren’t able to breastfeed.
Yet Medicaid and private insurance don’t cover donor milk in Alabama, so hospitals have to budget for it. At a time when smaller and rural hospitals are struggling to stay open, donor milk for their babies can be an unaffordable luxury.