The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is a global network of individuals
& organisations concerned with the protection, promotion & support of breastfeeding worldwide.
WABA action is based on the Innocenti Declaration, the Ten Links for Nurturing the Future and the Global Strategy for Infant & Young Child Feeding. WABA is in consultative status with UNICEF & an NGO
in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).
Media statement on World Breastfeeding Week by the Ecowaste Coalition in the Philippines Breastfeeding, MDGs and Zero Waste
It’s World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) on August 1 to 7 and this year’s theme is “Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal – For Life!” Ensuring breastfeeding is protected, promoted and supported is indeed a splendid goal with lifelong benefits for our children, mothers and the society. Making it thrive is the simplest and cheapest way for our nation to earn authentic “ganda” points in terms of achieving the various Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)....Breastfeeding is a perfect example of Zero Waste, generating no trash and pollution and contributing to the MDG on environmental sustainability.
World Breastfeeding Week hijacked by Nestlé in a number of countries
Baby Milk Action (BMA) press release 6 August 2014
World Breastfeeding Week, promoted by an the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), takes place 1 – 7 August 2014, but this year it is being hijacked by Nestlé in a number of countries. This move by world’s largest baby milk company is described as ‘terribly cynical’ by Baby Milk Action as Nestlé continues to promote its formula with claims such as it is the ‘natural start’ and ‘protects’ babies. Nestlé’s attempt to link with health services to promote breastfeeding have reportedly been rebuffed by some authorities due to the self-evident conflicts of interest.
As health care providers, we are responsible for providing unbiased information to our patients. The truth about "infant nutrition" is that human milk is NOT just nutrition -- it is an amazingly complex fluid containing living cells, antibodies, growth factors and other substances that allow babies to thrive as well as to grow. Why would we want to even suggest that families should spend their money on a substitute if they don't have to?
IBFAN-GIFA, in collaboration with IBFAN groups in the countries sent 4 Alternative Reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child for its 64th session (Sept-October 2013)
These reports concerned the countries of China, Kuwait, Lithuania, Luxembourg. Many thanks to the IBFAN groups in the countries that collaborated for the preparation of these reports. The Committee addressed State parties recommendations on breastfeeding, health care and business sector. Please find below a summary of the discussions and recommendations on breastfeeding. For the full report, please click here.
Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2013
ALTERNATIVES AND RESISTANCE TO POLICIES THAT GENERATE HUNGER
to be launched in Berlin, Bogota, Rome, Vienna, and many more cities!
This October, representatives of the civil society groups and partner organizations that collaborated to produce the sixth annual edition of Right to Food and Nutrition Watch will launch the publication in over 30 countries in the lead-up to World Food Day on October 16. The key message of Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2013: Alternatives and Resistance to Policies that Generate Hunger is that people's participation in the planning, development and implementation of alternatives to dominant policies in food, agriculture and nutrition is needed to challenge the current balance of power and effectively tackle hunger. It is of utmost importance to engage rights holders – people, communities and their organizations - in the design and implementation of policies that affect their daily lives.
First UK study funded by UNICEF shows that investing in breastfeeding support could save the National Health Service millions of pounds.
The study entitled "Preventing disease and saving resources: the potential contribution of increasing breastfeeding rates in the UK", was led by Professor Mary Renfrew, a member of the WABA International Advisory Council (IAC). The study takes a detailed look at the costs of not breastfeeding in the UK. The report is available from UNICEF Baby Friendly UK, see:
Doctors Without Borders shares Video on Breastfeeding Mother Support/Peer Counselling in the Middle East
(NB: WABA recommends that correct attachment to the breast is very important, and a baby who attaches well to the breast can help prevent many breastfeeding problems for both mother and baby. For more information see: here)
IBFAN ASIA Press release:
Heinz, Nestle, Abbott:
Breaking the rules, misleading mothers
New Delhi, July 31: Baby food
giants Heinz, Nestle and Abbott have been blatantly
violating the IMS Act, (Infant Milk Substitutes,
Feeding Bottles and Infant Foods Regulation
of Production, Supply and Distribution Act,
1992) and Amendment Act 2003 and misleading
mothers and undermining breastfeeding and natural
family foods, according to the Breastfeeding
Promotion Network of India (BPNI) / International
Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN Asia).
Putting profits before children’s health
Heinz, for instance is wooing mothers to give
its cereal food “Oat and Apple”
at ‘4+ months’ through the label
on the container and various websites. It is
also offering free ‘gifts’, ‘discounts’
and even loyalty schemes to mothers for using
the website, which is also banned under the
law which is not only illegal but unscientific.
According to WHO (SEARO) Regional Advisor of
Nutrition Dr Kunal Bagchi “Introducing
cereal foods to a child before 6 months of age
displaces mother’s milk and can lead to
serious health risks including diarrhea. Babies
should be exclusively breastfed for the first
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WHO DG, Dr Margaret Chan, exposes industry tactics
Click here to read the excellent speech made by the Dr Margaret Chan, WHO's Director-General at the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion Helsinki, Finland 10 June 2013:
"Efforts to prevent noncommunicable diseases go against the business interests of powerful economic operators. In my view, this is one of the biggest challenges facing health promotion. As the new publication makes clear, it is not just Big Tobacco anymore. Public health must also contend with Big Food, Big Soda, and Big Alcohol. All of these industries fear regulation, and protect themselves by using the same tactics. Research has documented these tactics well. They include front groups, lobbies, promises of self-regulation, lawsuits, and industry-funded research that confuses the evidence and keeps the public in doubt. In the view of WHO, the formulation of health policies must be protected from distortion by commercial or vested interests."
Infant Feeding: Practice & Policy Course
This is a masters-level course is the only advanced international training course on breastfeeding and related topics available worldwide and held in collaboration with WHO and UNICEF.
The course aims to strengthen participants' capacity for making an evidence-based case for investing in breastfeeding, and to take an active role in the broad spectrum of protecting, promoting and supporting optimal infant feeding practices.
"The Business of malnutrition" breaking down trade rules to profit from the poor
Public Private Partnerships often promote product-based solutions for development. These can be untested 'innovative approaches' that are easy to measure in terms of volume - but hard to evaluate in terms of health.
The "final exam" of Wellstart Lactation Management Self-Study Modules is now available in Spanish version. As with the English version, people who get 80% of correct answers are then eligible to download a "Certificate of Completion" with their name and date on it. For more information, please go to Wellstart website
Speakers of African Parliaments Adopt Resolution on Declaration of Commitment to Prioritize and Increase Budget Support to Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Johannesburg, South Africa, October 24 - African Speakers of Parliaments and Presidents of Senate have unanimously adopted a landmark resolution on a Declaration of Commitment to prioritize parliamentary support for increased policy and budget action on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in African countries.
The commitment is the first of its kind by African Speakers of Parliament, and marks a significant milestone in accelerating progress in Africa towards the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 on Child and Maternal Health, respectively. It also promises high-level parliamentary support to hasten implementation of the Africa Parliamentary Policy and Budget Action Plan on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, agreed by Chairs of Finance and Budget committees of national parliaments in October 2010.
FIAN has launched its Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2011 on the theme "Chronic Hunger: Consequence of Impunity of Right to Food Violations". This publication identifies a lack of accountability as the "missing link" between people's struggle for their rights and the increased recognition of the right to food in political agendas that has occurred over the past 25 years. On this occasion, a press release has been prepared in 3 languages and FIAN encourages all other network to adapt and use the press release for World Food Day. The Watch's launch will be watchable on Internet at the following link: www.livestream.com/genevapressclub.
International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) Statement on the Promotion and Use of Commercial Fortified Foods as Solutions for Child Malnutrition
The International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) recognizes that the prevention and control of child malnutrition worldwide, with particular focus on undernutrition in developing countries, constitutes a major challenge and is concerned that if left un-checked, this poses an intolerable burden of disease and death on poor communities and countries.
The IBFAN Statement on the Promotion and Use of Commercial Fortified Foods as Solutions for Child Malnutrition is now available in 4 languages. Please click on the link below to view the statement.
United States Breastfeeding Committee declares August as National Breastfeeding Month.
On August 6, 2011, USBC officially declared that August is National Breastfeeding Month, at a Community Baby Shower event hosted by Howard University Hospital and the DC Breastfeeding Coalition. In addition to the National Breastfeeding Month proclamation, the day's events included participation in the Big Latch On and a visit from the Latch On America cross-country bus tour.
PAHO: Supporting Breastfeeding is Everyone's Responsibility
Washington, D.C., 1 August 2011 (PAHO) - The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is calling for renewed commitment from all sectors of society to create supportive environments for breastfeeding, including in worksites, parks, public transportation, health services and other places outside the home where mothers of young children carry out their daily lives. The call for action comes at the start of World Breastfeeding Week 2011.
To highlight the many settings where breastfeeding needs to be supported, PAHO's 2010 Public Health Champion, Fernando Sendra, has created a series of illustrations using his character "Me, Matias". These illustrations will be used throughout the year in materials on how to ensure breastfeeding-friendly worksites and how to support breastfeeding in public places such as parks and public transportation.
Although breastfeeding has been increasing in many countries in the Americas, much remains to be done to optimize breastfeeding practices. In most countries of the Americas, fewer than half of babies begin breastfeeding within the first hour of life, as recommended by PAHO/WHO. Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months- also recommended- is low, ranging from 8 percent to 64 percent of babies in different countries of Latin America.
"We need to reverse these trends by creating supportive environments for breastfeeding," said PAHO Director, Dr. Mirta Roses. "Breastfeeding is the safest, healthiest and most natural way to feed a baby, yet breastfeeding tends to be hidden in homes and outside of public view."
The theme of this year's World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7), "Talk to Me! Breastfeeding- a 3-D experience," is aimed at bringing breastfeeding into the open, to talk about it will all members of society and to show that creating a supportive environment for breastfeeding is everyone's responsibility.
Examples of how to create supportive environments for breastfeeding include: public transportation that offers special seats for breastfeeding mothers and workplaces and public facilities that offer women a place to feed their babies.
Breastfeeding is the single most effective preventive intervention for preventing deaths of children under 5, and research shows that about 20 percent of neonatal (under 1 month) deaths could be prevented if all newborns began breastfeeding during the first hour of life.
In addition, children who are breastfed for seven to nine months have on average six points higher IQ than children who are breastfed for less than a month. Breastfeeding also helps mothers lose weight and reduces their risk of breast and ovarian cancer as well as type 2 diabetes.
Founded in 1902, PAHO is the world's oldest public health organization. It works with all the countries of the Americas to improve the health and quality of life of people in the Region, and its secretariat serves as the World Health Organization's Regional Office for the Americas.
CONTACT: Dr. Chessa Lutter, Regional Advisor on Food and Nutrition, email: [email protected], Tel. +1 202 974 3871, or Sonia Mey-Schmidt, Media and Communication, email: [email protected], Tel. +1 202 974 3036, PAHO/WHO - www.paho.org
The Wellstart Lactation Management Self-Study Modules, Level 1 is mow available in Indonesian version. Please write to Perinasia, or Rulina Suradi , or Hesti Tobing if you are interested to know more about it.
Disasters at Home and Abroad
The potential for radiation exposure. Is it safe to breastfeed? Yes, safer than formula and contaminated water. If potassium iodide is recommended, the mother should take the recommended dose. Iodine moves into milk by a positive pump, whereas most substances move slowly into milk and at reduced levels. The infant under 3 -4 months will not need KI directly if fully breastfed. Older and bigger infants will need one dose of KI directly. Mothers should continue to breastfeed unless they received a life-threatening dose of radiation. The best thing a lactating woman can do is to continue to breastfeed. It is well documented historically, if she has recently weaned, relactation is possible, especially in the face of this compelling need
Ruth A. Lawrence.
Breastfeeding Medicine. April 2011, 6(2): 53-54.
Published in Volume: 6 Issue 2: April 4, 2011
Breastfeeding in the Face of Natural Disaster and Nuclear Reactor Core Damage
Iodides are one of the few compounds that are pumped into breast milk so that levels are much higher in milk than maternal serum. Recommendations for KI should not be confused with radioactive iodine used diagnostically or therapeutically as the CDC seems to have done on their site. If it is indicated that the mother should take KI she can do so even if she is breastfeeding. The baby should continue to breastfeed. The infant can receive one dose calculated to its weight. Breastfeeding should continue. Ruth Lawrence
ILCA ENCOURAGES BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT IN EMERGENCIES
In the aftermath of the powerful earthquake disaster in Japan, and subsequent tsunamis affecting more than 50 countries and territories throughout the Pacific, the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) urges health care providers and rescue workers to include breastfeeding support as a vital part of disaster relief and humanitarian aid efforts. ILCA also discourages donations of infant formula since artificial feeding can increase illness and disease in an emergency.
Everyone Can Help Make Breastfeeding Easier, Surgeon General Says in "Call to Action"
Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin today issued a "Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding," outlining steps that can be taken to remove some of the obstacles faced by women who want to breastfeed their babies.
"Many barriers exist for mothers who want to breastfeed," Dr. Benjamin said. "They shouldn't have to go it alone. Whether you're a clinician, a family member, a friend, or an employer, you can play an important part in helping mothers who want to breastfeed."
UNICEF UK response to media reports questioning the recommendation to introduce solid food to babies at 6 months
An article published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) is being reported in the media as questioning whether exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months is appropriate for UK babies. This article is not based on new evidence but rather a re-analysis of older evidence, much of which is the same as that used as the basis for weaning recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UK's Departments of Health (DH).
Some of my academic friends in the UK seem to think that we should return to 4 months of exclusive breastfeeding....
by Dr Miriam Labbok
With thanks to my friends and respected colleagues for addressing the importance of six months of exclusive breastfeeding, it would seems that their argument considers breastfeeding primarily as a replacement for formula feeding. The health benefits for the mother, both short and long term, are not explored, and the risks and expense of formula feeding, even in industrialized settings, are brushed aside.
Academy of Breastfeeding : Undeniable Benefits of Breastfeeding- Support for Evidence-Based International Guidelines
A recent challenge to the well-established World Health Organization (WHO) breastfeeding guidelines is not supported by current research findings and
unnecessarily questions the clear benefits of exclusive breastfeeding for at least the first 6 months of life. The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM), a global physicians' organization, supports the 2001 WHO recommendation for exclusive breastfeeding (not supplemented by formula or solid food) for six months after birth and emphasizes the proven health benefits of breastfeeding for both infants and mothers. For more please visit here
20th Breastfeeding Policy and Practice Course (BFPP), London
6-24 June 2011
The BFPP is a masters-level course that is the only advanced international training course on breastfeeding and related topics available worldwide.
It is designed for senior health professionals who lead,coordinate, or commission work on infant feeding; or who teach others or find themselves acting as a resource-person or giving strategic direction on breastfeeding and infant nutrition.
This course is taught by the same team as the South East Asian Regional Breastfeeding Advocacy and Practice course in Penang. The London BFPP course is recommended especially for those who live outside the SE Asian Region. Please click here to view the 2011 London Course brochure.
Revised 3rd Edition of the Wellstart's Lactation Management Self-Study Modules, Level 1 now also available in Spanish.
This educational tool is downloadable without charge from Wellstar.
This tool is intended for use by medical and nursing students as they begin their clinical assignments but can be also be used by anyone who has never been exposed to breastfeeding issues before or those who need a quick review. Wellstart International hopes that this tool will be able to help increase the general knowledge of about lactation and breastfeeding promotion among the world's health care providers irrespective of areas of specialisation.
UNICEF Message, Breastfeeding Forum 2010
UNICEF has been a key partner with WABA since it's inception in 1991. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Innocenti Declaration, UNICEF Representative to Malaysia, Mr. Hans Olsen shares a message for the WABA Global Breastfeeding Partners Forum held in October, 2010.
Official Keep Austin Breastfeeding Flash Mob 2010
In honor of World Breastfeeding Day 2010 over 100 breastfeeding supporters got together and performed a flash dance in front of Barton Springs pool in Austin, Texas.
Guidelines on HIV and infant feeding 2010. Principles and recommendations for infant feeding in the context of HIV and a summary of evidence.
These guidelines were produced by the World Health Organization Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development and HIV, in collaboration with UNAIDS, UNFPA and UNICEF.
Campaign Video : "Breastfeeding: First food for champions!"
Javier Zanetti Adelman, renowned Argentine footballer and his wife Paula, offer us a message about the importance of practicing breastfeeding to your baby grow healthy and strong ... like a true champion!
WABA mourns the passing of Kathy Baker of La Leche League International She was a certified Lactation Consultant and had worked for over 30 years with the LaLeche League as a leader She passed away peacefully on Thursday 27 May, 2010. Kathy was instrumental in the training of the first group of LLLI Peer Cousellor Programme Administrators and Counselors in Malaysia just this year and is a mentor to many counselors around the world.
Infant and young child feeding. Model Chapter for textbooks for medical students and allied health professionals
Optimal infant and young child feeding practices rank among the most effective interventions to improve child health. Unfortunately, it is often not well addressed in the basic training of doctors, nurses and other allied health professionals. The Model Chapter on Infant and Young Child Feeding produced by World Health Organisation (WHO), with scientific references which provide evidence and further information about specific points. It describes essential knowledge and basic skills that every health professional who works with mother and young children should master. The Model Chapter is intended for use in basic training of health professionals and can be used for textbooks for medical students and allied health professionals.
To obtain a printed copy, please contact WHO Press by emailing [email protected]
To download a pdf version, please click here.
Birthing the World
Birthing the World, an international conference on perinatal care organised by ASPQ brings together a programme that is "both highly scientific and purposefully interdisciplinary in terms of intention, format and implementation". It will highlight the importance of various professional and community groups working together through the pre-, intra- and post-natal stages for improved performance. Some 150 abstracts have been received by the Scientific Committee. The event will be held in Quebec City, Canada, from 25-26 November 2010. www.birthingtheworld.com
Every minute a woman dies during pregnancy and childbirth. Newborns are more vulnerable.
Together we can prevent these silent tragedies.
Mothers and their newborns around the world should thrive and celebrate many Mother's Days in the years to come.
Click Here to read more.
Study: Lack of breastfeeding costs lives, billions of dollars
(CNN) -- If most new moms would breastfeed their babies for the first six months of life, it would save nearly 1,000 lives and billions of dollars each year, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.
"The United States incurs $13 billion in excess costs annually and suffers 911 preventable deaths per year because our breastfeeding rates fall far below medical recommendations," the report said.
The World Health Organization says infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life "to achieve optimal growth, development and health." The WHO is not alone in its recommendations.
To read the full article from CNN, please click here
"90 Days for Mums in Malaysia"
1 million signature campaign
In conjunction with the International Women's Day 2010, the National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE) has initiated a campaign to increase the existing paid maternity leave in the country from 60 to 90 days. WABA is supporting the campaign and urges all Malaysians to sign the petition and support this progressive call. The petition is open to all Malaysians worldwide. International organisations/non-Malaysian individuals can contribute to this campaign by writing. letters/statements of solidarity and support to NUBE.
Research as an extreme sport by Per Brandtzaeg, Professor, Department of Pathology, Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet
The academic staff at the University and College level are expected to inform the public in a comprehensible fashion about the results ensuing from grants to their subject area. Some researchers are clever at doing this whereas others are reluctant to talk with journalists. For occasional researchers the temptation can prove too great to appear in the limelight.
We have recently seen an example of the latter where communication has gone astray. A researcher from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has created confusion related to the conscientious work involved in motivating mothers to breastfeed their infants.
"Translated into English from the Norwegian newspaper VG., Debatt pp. 46-47, February 2, 2010". Click here for the full article.
NEW YORK- The President of the Philippines, through special envoy Dr. Elvira Henares-Esguerra, awarded last week the Presidential Order of the Golden Heart to UNICEFfor its work in supporting the country's breastfeeding movement over the past decade.
Dr. Henares-Esguerra, presented the award to former UNICEF Representative in the Philippines Dr. Nicholas K. Alipui, who is now Director of Programmes during a simple awarding ceremony held at the UNICEFbuilding in midtown Manhattan.The special recognition was given to the UNICEF for its important role in the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding in the Philippines in pursuit of Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5.
"Together, we accomplished in six and a half months what the government could not accomplish in 20 years," Dr. Henares-Esguerra said.
She was referring to the revision of the Implementing Rules and Regulations for the Milk Code in the Philippines, a herculean task that brought Dr. Alipui and the Filipino advocates for breastfeeding through the bureaucracy of various government institutions including the Bureau of Food and Drugs, the Anti-Poverty Commission and both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
For Haiti Orphans Wet Nursing Can Save Lives
A new statement issued jointly by UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and Pan American Health Organization, reminds relief workers, healthcare professionals, and the public that in an emergency such as the Haiti earthquake, the key to survival of all infants, including orphans, is breastfeeding. When a child is motherless or separated from his or her mother, wet nursing, that is, direct breastfeeding from another lactating mother, is the safest feeding option. Since the breastfeeding rate in Haiti is very high, there is a good likelihood of being able to find wet nurses for large numbers of motherless infants.
UNICEF, WHO and PAHO have recommended wet nursing, also called "cross nursing" or "shared breastfeeding," for infants without mothers to "ensure their survival in an emergency situation." For the official statement, please click here.
Formula feeding in an emergency is extremely difficult and dangerous. Even when properly prepared, infant formula actively and passively harms the immune system of young babies, placing them at risk of life-threatening diarrhea and respiratory illness. The Emergency Nutrition Network provides information on how formula can cause deaths due to diarrhea in an emergency at: http://www.ennonline.net/resources/101.
WABA mourns the passing of Viola Lennon, Co- Founder of La Leche League International and co-author of the Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. She passed away peacefully on Friday 22nd January, 2010.
According to Viola, breastfeeding " led me to self-discovery and to a greater appreciation of the full humanity of the babies who were entrusted to me. Each woman needs to trust her own instincts, her own feelings, and her own sense of what will work for her with each baby."
To view video tribute to Viola Lennon, please click here
Breastfeeding is the First Line of Defense in a Disaster
The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), International Lactation Consultant Association/United States Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA/USLCA), and La Leche League International (LLLI) strongly affirm the importance of breastfeeding in emergency situations, and call on relief workers and health care providers serving victims of disasters to protect, promote, and support mothers to breastfeed their babies. During an emergency, breastfeeding mothers provide their infants with safe food and water and disease protection that maximize their chances of survival.
Urgent Call For Human Milk Donations For Haiti Infants
The Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), International Lactation Consultant Association/United States Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA/USLCA), and La Leche League International (LLLI) are jointly calling for human milk donations for premature infants in Haiti, as well as sick and premature infants in the United States.
WABA joins UNICEF, WHO and WFP in call for support for appropriate infant and young child feeding practices in Haiti in the current emergency, and caution about unnecessary and potentially harmful donations and use of breast-milk substitute.
--To read the full Joint Statement, please click here .
gBICS Chairperson, Arun Gupta calls on NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) Rector to remove statement on recent research about androgen levels and breastfeeding which has resulted in widespread media headlines seriously damaging the worldwide efforts to protect, promote and support breastfeeding.
To read the full statement from Arun Gurpta, please click here.
Breastfeeding: Hormones or Wisdom?
WABA IAC Co-chair, Elisabet Helsing questions Norwegian researcher's postulation that it's the environment in utero that decides on the success or failure of breastfeeding.
Infant Formula Study Just a Marketing Gimmick to Push Formula Over Breastfeeding
NaturalNews) A recent study lauding the benefits of fortified infant formula has been greeted with skepticism by child development specialists, who suspect that the study is only the first part of an attempt to promote formula over breast milk.
"It is clear that the food industry fascination with nutraceuticals (strategically fortified food products) is now spreading into infant formula," said Barbara Moore of Shape Up America! "This is a disturbing new development. We have parents thinking that sticking their tiny infants in front of a Baby Einstein video will improve their child's mental development when the data suggest that parent-child interactions (and plenty of them) are the most critical factor for such development. Now parents will be encouraged to forego breastfeeding -- which is optimal for both mothers and babies -- in favor of a hyped up infant formula."
UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative statement on new breastfeeding research
A number of newspaper articles have today reported on a Norwegian study which has found an association between higher levels of male hormones in pregnancy and the ability to breastfeed after birth. The authors are reported to have extrapolated from their findings that mothers' ability to breastfeed is entirely down to these hormone levels. They are also reported to have claimed that exposure to high levels of testosterone before birth account for the differences in health outcomes between breast and bottle fed babies. The findings of this small study are of interest and may warrant further investigation. However, the claims made in relation to these findings do not account for the large differences in breastfeeding rates between countries, with some having 99% of mothers successfully breastfeeding. They are also contradicted by the large body of evidence which shows that levels of successful breastfeeding can be increased by a range of improved support interventions.
The claims made relating to the health outcomes of breastfeeding do not account for the dose response found in many studies, which show that babies breastfed exclusively or for longer periods have the best overall outcomes.
The study does not account for or tally with the known mechanisms for how breastmilk protects against illness. For example, breastmilk contains a range of anti-infective properties including immunoglobulins, white cells, anti-inflammatory components, enzymes and non-antibody factors such as lactoferrin and the bifidus factor.
For full article please click here.
For abstract of the said research please click here
Breastfeeding Mosaic Built from Banned Facebook Images
New York, New York, January 8th, 2009 - Facebook’s crackdown on breastfeeding mothers continues unabated, but today the community has unleashed a potent new way for moms to add their voice to the protest - one which makes use of the very images of breastfeeding that Facebook banned.
An enormous visual mosaic (which will eventually include 100,000 images) is under construction as a form of visual protest. The breastfeeding mosaic is built out of pictures submitted by people who support the cause. Images of women breastfeeding are heartily welcomed - particularly those images previously deleted by Facebook - but any type of picture can be contributed to support the effort.
You’ve probably heard about Facebook’s crackdown on breastfeeding mothers - how they’ve decided that the act of nursing a child is indecent, and deleted thousands of pictures of breastfeeding moms. There have been several successful protest actions to date, including the formation of a Facebook group with over 150,000 members, and a virtual sit-in which was conducted on December 27th.
Remembering Mary Kroeger Former WABA Health Care Practices Task Force Coordinator (2000 - 2004)
Today marks the five-year anniversary of the death of Mary Kroeger, trailblazing midwife, nurturing mentor, fearless advocate for women’s rights in the birthplace, loving mother and grandmother. We acknowledge this important milestone by remembering her many contributions to the worlds of birth, maternal and child health, and of course, breastfeeding. Recipient of the Lamaze International Outreach Award in 2003 for Impact of Birthing Practices in Breastfeeding: Protecting the Mother and Baby Continuum (her last "baby"), Mary helped shape the future of birthing practices around the world. Mary lived and practiced in Africa, Asia, North and Central America and Eastern Europe. She brought a unique wisdom and sensitivity to her life’s work, and inspired generations of birthing "folk" to rethink the dominant paradigm surrounding birth in many parts of the world. She was truly an inspiration to us, her children, and we thank you for the opportunity to honor her life and achievements on this special day. We miss her deeply, and feel a tremendous amount of pride in all of her accomplishments.
Reva Kidd and Adam Harrington, Mary’s children
New WHO recommendations on infant feeding in the context of HIV
World Health Organisation (WHO) released new recommendations on treatment, prevention and infant feeding in the context of HIV, based on the latest scientific evidence.
The new recommendations call for earlier initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for adults and adolescents, the delivery of more patient-friendly antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), and prolonged use of ARVs to reduce the risk of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. And, for the first time, WHO recommends that HIV-positive mothers or their infants take ARVs while breastfeeding to prevent transmission.
SCN Statement on United Nations Conference on Climate Change
Copenhagen, 7- 18 December 2009
Implications of climate change on undernutrition
Today, the number of people suffering from poverty and hunger exceeds 1 billion. Over 19 million children face hunger-related death at any given moment in time, and only 3% of these children currently receive treatment. The failure to put in place measures for malnourished children results in the deaths of 7 children every minute. The impacts of the food price crisis, followed by the financial and economic crisis, on increased hunger and undernutrition have challenged the achievement of the first Millennium Development Goal, and are likely to have repercussions on other MDGs, especially on maternal health and child mortality.
The ABM is a worldwide organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation through education, research and advocacy. ABM’s mission is to unite members of various medical specialties through physician education, expansion of knowledge in breastfeeding and human lactation science, facilitation of optimal breastfeeding practices and encouragement of the exchange of information among organizations.
In addition to the International Meetings in the USA, ABM is cooperating with the Copernicus University of Torun to host a European conference for physicians on breastfeeding topics. This meeting will include speakers from different European countries and the United States. It will concentrate on the discussion of breastfeeding issues of both mother and child. Simultaneous translation will be offered in Polish, English and German. In the evening we will enjoy a concert and dinner in the historic city of Torun, to which we are invited by the Marshal of the Province Kujawsko-Pomorskie. The meeting will take place in Hotel Bulwar in Torun, Poland. This city of Copernicus and protected UNESCO heritage site is certainly worth a visit. ABM Polish partner in the organization of this event is the Foundation Mleko Mamy, Mother’s Milk, which was founded to encourage breastfeeding in Poland. For up-to-date information as well as information about travel or hotel accommodations go to ABM conference website here.
All participants in the ABM Conference are invited to present their research or experience (abstract or poster). Please submit your application by December, 31, 2009 at the latest to:Elien Rouw
2nd Regional Conference on Human Lactation Breastfeeding: decreasing infant morbidity and mortality
13 - 14 November, 2009
Al Ain Hospital is organizing the second regional conference on Human Lactation in collaboration with WABA and other core partners.
The world leaders in infant feeding gather in Al-Ain during UAE National Breastfeeding Week (8-14 November 2009) under the umbrella of “Global Breastfeeding Initiative for Child Survival (gBICS)” The gBICS is a worldwide civil society-driven initiative aiming to accelerate progress in attaining the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, especially Goal 4, reduction of child mortality, by scaling up early, exclusive and continued breastfeeding. The aim of this conference is to end the avoidable sufferings caused by inappropriate infant feeding.
The aim of this conference is to end the avoidable sufferings caused by inappropriate infant feeding.
World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) Updates
Below are the latest update on Report, Report Card and the findings of the assessment of the state of implementation of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding, reflecting current policy and programmes that support optimal infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices.
Boycott Nestlé - protect Infants
Nestlé-free Week - 26 October to 1 November
Join Baby Milk Action on boycott Nestlé.
To read more about latest news, press release, articles, and show your support, please click here.
Mothers’ experiences of sharing breastfeeding or breastmilk: co-feeding in Australia 1978 -2008 - Virginia Thorley OAM PhD IBCLC FILCA
While the concept of breastfeeding in contemporary Western culture is of a mother breastfeeding her own baby or babies, others have replaced the mother as provider of breastmilk, for a variety of reasons, through most periods of human existence. Existing policies for the sharing of this bodily fluid, milk, appear to have been written without the benefit of a detailed examination of the actual experiences of the mothers and babies involved. This study attempts to fill this information gap by investigating the sharing of breastfeeding or expressed breastmilk by Australian women in a recent thirty-year period, 1978 -2008. The objective of this study was to explore the mothers’ experiences of sharing breastfeeding or human milk.
Synchronized Breastfeeding Worldwide Goes to an Evacuation Center
Six Filipino mothers and three mothers of different nationalities breastfed simultaneously in the Philippine’s Central Site of Synchronized Breastfeeding Worldwide in an evacuation center amidst the devastation wrought by typhoon Ketsana Philippine Code: Ondoy to lead 17 other countries in other parts of the world.
Click here for full story.
One Dollar for Every New Mom in the U.S.
The United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) works to ensure that every mother is empowered to give her child the best start. They are now offering a unique and EASY way to be a part of their efforts!
USBC aims to raise One Dollar for Every New Mom in the United States. With these funds, they will make mothers' voices heard in ongoing national debates on health care, work-life balance, and consumer safety. The closer they come to representing each mother in America, the more clearly they can show the President and Congress: "Americans believe that EVERY MOTHER COUNTS." Help them to reach the goal of one dollar for each new mother. Please donate today!
One Dollar for Every Mom will run from September 23, 2009 through January 15, 2010. The final amount raised will be announced during a special celebration at the National Conference of State/Territory/Tribal Breastfeeding Coalitions in Arlington, Virginia.
The University of North Carolina (UNC) Gillings School of Global Public Health will be organizing a Breastfeeding and Feminism symposium on March 20, 2010. The Breastfeeding and Feminism 2010 seeks to identify and analyze how public health approaches to promoting breastfeeding might be advised by feminist insights to develop comprehensive, politically knowledgeable, and culturally sensitive interventions.
For more information, please click here.
For official announcement, please click here.
Remembering Senator Edward Kennedy
The clip above shows how Senator Kennedy put a Nestlé executive on the spot regarding its corporate social responsibility in conditions where formula feeding can lead to sickness and death.
"Whose responsibility is it to control the advertising, marketing and promotional activities which may create a market in Spite of public health considerations?"
- Senator Edward Kennedy's opening Speech at the 1978 US Senate Hearing on the marketing of formula in developing countries
Senator Edward Kennedy cared not only for US citizens but also for international health. It was his vision, as Chairman of the US Senate Subcommittee on Health and Scientific Research, which instigated the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, which was adopted by the World Health Assembly in 1981. This Code is a benchmark for good practice and is used by governments all over the world to protect infant and young child health from unethical marketing.
Parents misled by 'Best Formula' claim - UK Advertising Standard Authority rules against Aptamil advertisement.
Baby Milk Action, a not-for-profit organisation that works to protect the right of parents and carers to receive accurate, independent information on infant feeding, has had all its complaints against an advertisement for Danone’s Milupa Aptamil brand of follow-on formula upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in the UK.
International campaign calls for Nestlé to be expelled from UN initiative
Experts on Nestlé business practices have submitted a report to the UN Global Compact Office, calling for Nestlé to be expelled as a participant in the voluntary initiative. The Global Compact is described as: “a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.”
Voices of 45000 People Reach World Health Assembly with a Call to Save Newborn Lives
This week, IBFAN, the International Baby Food Action Network, made a clear call when it launched its ‘One Million Campaign: Support Women to Breastfeed’ (www.onemillioncampaign.org) at World Health Assembly. The IBFAN team submitted a petition to the President of World Health Assembly, Mr. NS de Silva, signed by more than 45000 people from 161 countries.
Nearly all European countries were moved down into a lower category on a chart summarizing government efforts to protect breastfeeding. The International Baby Food Action Network Network (IBFAN) decided on the move in its 2009 State of the Code by Country chart, launched today at the World Health Assembly in Geneva.
This tool is intended for use by medical and nursing students as they begin their clinical assignments but can be also be used by anyone who has never been exposed to breastfeeding issues before or those who need a quick review. The Third Edition was reviewed by 15 US and 15 international reviewers who are experienced health provider educators and/or care givers. Wellstart International hopes that this tool will be able to help increase the general knowledge of about lactation and breastfeeding promotion among the world’s health care providers irrespective of areas of specialisation.
Swine flu Outbreak
As the swine influenza A (H1N1) outbreak continues to escalate worldwide, the International Lactation Consultant Association urges International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) and other health care providers and breastfeeding support workers to heighten efforts to promote and support breastfeeding, particularly exclusive breastfeeding during the first 6 months of life, and continued breastfeeding for at least two years and beyond.
ILCA press release about the importance of continued breastfeeding during the swine flu outbreak. Click here...
The Centers for Disease Control has issued updated guidance for clinicians regarding breastfeeding during the swine flu outbreak, encouraging exclusive breastfeeding as a priority to enhance maternal antibodies to infants and to reduce the risk of gastrointestinal and respiratory problems common with the swine flu. The CDC also recommends providing expressed breast milk to an infant who is too ill to feed directly at the breast. The CDC guidance is available here...
The United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) also recommends breastfeeding as a critical strategy to prevent infection of the H1N1 (swine) flu outbreak. To read the USBC press release, click here...
Breastfeeding can limit the severity of respiratory infections in infants and is particularly important for minimizing the risk and effects of infection during an influenza outbreak, such as the current H1N1 influenza virus (also known as the “swine flu”) outbreak, according to recommendations released by the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM). The Academy’s complete recommendations are available online here...
Breastfeeding reduces the risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
According to the results of a case-control study reported in March issue of Pediatrics. For more click
In 2009, ILCA will award a competitive grant to an ILCA member who submits a proposal with scientific merit. The 2009 Annual Research Grant will be a one year award of $10,000.
Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood:
8-10 September 2009
Cumbria, United Kingdom
Does Breastfeeding Protect Against Substantiated Child Abuse and Neglect? A 15-Year Cohort Study Click here for more.
UNICEF UK issues statement on hypernatraemic dehydration
Following recent media reports on the announcement of new research into neonatal hypernatraemic dehydration, UNICEF UK has issued a statement responding to some of the resulting claims. Click here for further details.
ONE MILLION CAMPAIGN : Support Women to Breastfeed
The campaign initiated by the International Baby Food Action Network - Asia (IBFAN - Asia) is a campaign that brings together people from all over the world to take action ranging from signing petitions demanding support to women to breastfeed, to individual actions such as pledging to support at least one woman for breastfeeding.
To read more about WABA's Global Initiative for Mother Support for Breastfeeding (GIMS) and to endorse it click here.
Don't send milk to Gaza - says top emergency nutritionists
If you are concerned for the health and well-being of children in Gaza, "Do not send donations of infant formula, bottles or milk products to Gaza", say top emergency nutritionists. A leading group of nutrition experts, including the World Health Organization, UN Children's Fund and NGOs, in a media brief published in English, Arabic and Spanish, state that the "indiscriminate use of infant formula in an emergency is extremely dangerous to babies, causing illness and death" According to the Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emegergies (IFE Core Group), "there is no need to send for donations of infant formula, powdered milk or baby bottles to be sent to the site of an emergency." - Reuters AlertNet - London, England, UK. More
For a Guide for the Media on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies by the IFE Core Group in English, Spanish & Arabic.
Flash-heated breastmilk can be utilized for "replacement feeding".
Kiersten Israel Ballard, researcher on home-pasteurization of expressed breastmilk in the context of HIV has shared with WABA that flash-heated breastmilk can be utilized for "replacement feeding" More
Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine calls on Facebook to review it ban on breastfeeding photographs
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine feels that the social networking website, Facebook, would be well advised to review its policy banning photographs of breastfeeding mothers. Such a policy perpetuates a notion that breastfeeding is an unseemly bodily function best kept from public viewing, a misguided and antiquated concept that has no place in contemporary society. It further perpetuates the idea that formula feeding is normative when breastfeeding is, and should be considered, normative infant and young child feeding. Health professional widely acknowledge that breastfeeding is biologically unique and appropriate for mother and infant. More
La Leche League International Co-Founder Betty Wagner Spandikow Passes Away on October 26th 2008
Betty was also a co-author of the popular book "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding", which has sold over two million copies and has been translated into eight languages and Braille.
UN launched text messaging campaign for International Day of Peace, September 21st 2008
What would you say to world leaders on how to achieve peace?
Breastfeeding Advocates in U.S.A. Mark Anniversary of Historic Protest
September 8 marks the first anniversary of breastfeeding activists' nationwide protests against Applebee's restaurants.
Breastfeeding Support Helps Families Cope With Gustav
As Hurricane Gustav approaches landfall and families along the Gulf Coast evacuate and seek shelter, the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) reminds communities that breastfeeding is one of the most important ways to keep infants nourished and safe in an emergency.
Stories of hope and change from two Indian states - Infant deaths fall by 35%. WHAT WORKS: Breastfeeding
IT IS among India's least developed states. Yet Chhattisgarh is also the place where infant mortality has plummeted to 59 deaths for every 1,000 children born - from 84 deaths eight years ago.
Breast practice to keep staff, an officer and a gentle mum
FORCE OF NATURE: Wellington police district is among the first to introduce baby-friendly stations...
Further hazards of bottle-feeding: Bisphenol A in plastic baby feeding bottles
A BREASTFEEDING room at the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) and a passenger bus with special seats for breastfeeding mothers by the Metro Shuttle Bus Company were launched, the first-ever in the country. More
The Philippines recently passed the bills on:
* August - National Breastfeeding Awareness Month
* Lactation station in every workplace
* 30 minutes breastfeeding break
For more details, see Congress of the Philippines, House of Representatives website (Housebill No. HB00879 and HB04012)
UK Government to invest £2m to help more women breastfeed
UNICEF UKs Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) was delighted to hear Public health Minister Dawn Primorolo's announcement yesterday committing the UK Government to invest an extra £2 million to help more women in England breastfeed. The extra funding, announced during World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August), is seen as a welcome step towards improving the UK’s breastfeeding rate that remains among the lowest in Europe. In particular, it will help improve breastfeeding rates in the most deprived areas.
The International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative (IMBCI) is released!
Dr. Josefina García Coén, Paediatrician and Professor of Medicine passed away in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, 9th. July 2008
A teacher to generations of health professionals in her country, she was a pioneer in promoting breastfeeding as part of the natural diet. The coordinator of the National Breastfeeding Commission in the Republic, her mission in life was that mothers know the benefits of breastfeeding.
Biography of Dr. Josefina García Coén (prepared by Dr. Clavel Sanchev). English | Spanish
The breastfeeding movement loses an icon
WABA mourns the passing of Edwina Froehlich, co-Founder of La Leche League International, who passed away on June 8 2008 at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Illinois, USA.
"Edwina's passions to protect, promote and support the joy of breastfeeding have sparked generations of leaders... Thank you Edwina for nurturing the future in so many ways..."
Anwar Fazal, Chairperson Emeritus,
World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA)
WABA's active partner in Pakistan receives award for promoting peace & harmony in society
Blue Veins has received an award from Christian study center (Rawalpindi) for valuable commitment in promoting peace, dialogue & interfaith harmony. The award was presented by the Country representative of Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) in the assembly of Interfaith harmony & peace promoters.
The NYLCA Twin Bills of Rigts are now official!
For more information on the NYLCA Bill of Rights for Clients Seeking a Lactation Consultation, please click here...
Maternity benefits bill for working women passed
The Lok Sabha Wednesday passed the Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Bill 2008, that aims at providing financial and other benefits including Rs.1000 as medical bonus to the working women. More...
Call to action to stop the use of breastmilk substitutes in emergencies
he lives of babies and young children are being put at risk by the inappropriate use of breastmilk substitutes, particularly in emergency situations, says a coalition of more than 100 nutrition and emergency experts. More...
APHA announces policy on breastfeeding & public health
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is addressing breastfeeding as a fundamental public health issue, including it among 20 newly adopted policies covering a broad range of issues. More...
Questions over Nestlé policy and product distribution in Africa
The issue with the latest formula recall is a batch of Lactogen infant formula containing higher levels of zinc, iron and copper. This has been causing illness according to a Nestlé spokesman quoted by Reuters. Two weeks ago Nestlé recalled Nan 2 formula for a similar reason. More...
IBCLC Day: Quality Breastfeeding Care: IBCLCs in Action
March 5, 2008, is set aside as IBCLC Day, a special day honoring the role of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants and the quality breastfeeding care they provide to families. This date was selected because it falls near the International Women's Day celebrated worldwide each year in early March. More...
A 3-in-1 training kit on the international code of marketing of breastmilk substitutes.
This " do-it-yourself " training kit was developed drawing on the extensive experience by ICDC, IBFAN and UNICEF in training government officials, health professionals and NGOs. More...
WSF2008: A Global Day of Action and Mobilisation
A Call for Action in Favour of the Right to Education for All as a Universal Human Right during the World Social Forum Global Day of Action (26 January 2008). It is people's dignity, initiative and actions that hold the key to the future!More...
Red Ribbon Award: Celebrating Community Leadership and Action on AIDS
The award provides a unique opportunity to support and publicize the work of communities who are finding innovative and effective ways to address the AIDS epidemic and secure livelihoods around the world. Deadline for nomination is February 29th, 2008. More...
Nestlé children's book prize ends following protests by authors
The Nestlé Children's Book Prize in the UK has come to an end by mutual agreement between Nestlé and the Booktrust. Last month, Gold Medal winner, Sean Taylor, publicly refused the Nestlé prize checque, citing concerns over Nestlé's baby food marketing practices. Other authors have spoken out against Nestlé's involvement in past years. For details, please see BMA's press release.
Breastfeeding cuts cancer risk.... a press release from La Leche League International
Because the evidence is so strong that breastfeeding offers cancer protection to both mothers and their children, the AICR has made breastfeeding one of its "Ten Recommendations to Prevent Cancer." More...
1st European Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) Conference and International workshop on KMC in Uppsala, Sweden in October 2008.
WABA mourns the passing of our International Advisory Council (IAC) member, Dr. Natividad Relucio- Clavano of the Phillipines who passed away on 04th October 2007. We will miss our breastfeeding doctor-warrior who bravely testified against milk companies insidious marketing that caused bottlefeeding menace. She talked openly about how Nestle in a meeting in Geneva tried to bribe her in exchange for dropping her remarkable study. More...
Infant morbidity, mortality, and breast milk immunologic profiles among breast-feeding HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected women in Botswana.
A recent Botswana study shows that breastmilk immunologic profiles of HIV-infected mothers remain intact and early weaning was the primary risk for infant morbidity. Current recommendations for early cessation require further study to balance the risk of HIV transmission with the risk of infant mortality from childhood illnesses. More...
Treatment acceleration program and the experience of the DREAM program in prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
Breastfed African babies in the DREAM study whose HIV-infected mothers received highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) showed transmission rates at 6 months similar to those reported in high-income countries (2.2% vs <2.%), and lower than their formula-fed counterparts (2.7%). Maternal treatment cost the same as infant formula. More...
Indian Prime Minister addresses malnutrition & recognises breasfeeding as part of future strategy.
"....The problem of malnutrition is a matter of national shame. We have tried to address it by making the mid-day meal universal and massively expanding the anganwadi system. However, success requires sustained effort at the grassroots. Infants need to be breast-fed, have access to safe drinking water and health care. We need the active involvement of the community and panchayats to see that what we spend reaches our children. I appeal to the nation to resolve and work hard to eradicate malnutrition within five years..." See full text in English l Hindi
Breastfeeding World is now online!
Breastfeeding World is a vision... where all mothers will breastfeed their children and celebrate this profound experience of motherhood with gratitude and respect to God's infinite wisdom and generosity. Find out more about this exciting new site by clicking here...
Poll shows Nestlé is "widely boycotted" says company executive
International Nestlé-Free Week (2-8 July) has served to raise awareness of Nestlé's aggressive marketing of baby foods in breach of standards adopted by the World Health Assembly.Baby Milk Action can reveal that the company's Public Affairs Manager has admitted that an independent survey has found Nestlé is widely boycotted. More...
Milk formula goes on trial in Asia
Health experts at a summit in the Philippines this week are urging East Asian countries to tout breast milk's benefits. G lobal efforts to promote breast-feeding are stalling in East Asia, where many working mothers in urban areas are opting instead for infant formula. More...
Children's Health Is Coming Second to The Profits of Baby Formula Peddlers
If children don't breastfeed they become susceptible to an astonishing range of illnesses and conditions, regardless of how rich their parents are, but we have been allowed to remain in an almost medieval state of ignorance. Baby Milk Action contends that some companies have found a clever way of getting round the law banning adverts for infant formula. More...
Wyeth's Whistleblowers Expose Cover-up Scandal
Two International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, strengthened the case against Wyeth by providing the Philippine Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) a complete list of the affected brands of contaminated milk and the outlets where they were delivered and sold to the unknowing public. More...
Pureed food "isn't natural for babies": Unicef expert sparks controversy with attack on spoon-feeding
Feeding babies on pureed food is unnatural and unnecessary, according to one of Unicef's leading child care experts, who says they should be fed exclusively with breast milk and formula milk for the first six months, then weaned immediately on to solids. Gill Rapley, deputy director of Unicef's Baby Friendly Initiative and a health visitor for 25 years, said spoon-feeding pureed food to children can cause health problems later in life. More...
Towards a Healthier World for Infants and Young Children: Celebrating the 5 th Anniversary of the GSIYCF
Five years ago the world's highest health policy setting body adopted a landmark resolution in support of the WHO/UNICEF Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding (GSIYCF). It was & still is a comprehensive action plan aimed at improving and enhancing the nutritional status, development, growth, health & survival of infants and young children the world over, by ensuring that optimal feeding is a priority recognized and implemented by governments, international organizations & concerned parties. Press Release l Transcript of UN Radio Interview with Dr Miriam Labbok
HIV-Positive: OK to Breast-feed?
The scientific community accepted that there is reduced risk of breastfeeding compared to formula feeding for HIV positive mothers in Africa & Asia. Podcast interviewing South African pediatrician Hoosen Covadia, on the acceptance by the scientific community. More...
Don't listen to what the rich world's leaders say - look at what they do
Take the thousands of Filipino children who die every year courtesy of the formula milk corporates, backed by US lobbying. More..
Nestlé "bypasses" baby milk code
Thirty years after a boycott of Nestlé products was launched to highlight its unethical marketing of baby formula in developing countries, baby formula manufacturers are still failing in their responsibilities towards the world's poorest mothers and babies, Save the Children claims today. More...
State of the Art of Mother Support Summit The Breastfeeding Mother - Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
July 18 and 19, 2007 at the Hilton Chicago, Chicago Illinois USA. Organised by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and La Leche League International (LLLI). For more information, please click here: English l Spanish
Invest in Breastfeeding: Build a Safer Future!
World Health Day , 7 April 2007. For the joint press release, by LLLI & WABA, please click here
Announcement: Keep Abreast, the online journal of breastfeeding advocates in the Philippines is now up!
Course Announcement: "Infant and Young Child Feeding Counseling Specialist"
BPNI/IBFAN Asia-Pacific in collaboration with UNICEF is organizing Regional Training Courses on Infant and Young Child Feeding Counseling: A Training Course - The 3 in 1 Course (An Integrated Course on Breastfeeding, Complementary Feeding and Infant Feeding & HIV-Counseling) at Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata and Ranchi during May 2007. Course info l Registration Form l Timetable l Request for more information
Campaigners claim victory as crackdown on "closer to breastmilk" infant formula promotions is announced in the UK
For the latest press release by the Baby Milk Action, please click here...
Special Announcement from CIMS International
We proudly announce the birth of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organization (IMBCO); its purpose is to promote optimal MotherBaby maternity services in countries throughout the world. For continuity and support, one member of the CIMS Leadership Council will have a permanent position on the Board of the IMBCO. We are pleased that Childbirth Connection has agreed to partner with the IMBCO and act as fiscal agent for our new organization.
Breastfeeding in the context of "ending impunity for violence against women and girls"
Discrimination and violence against women and the girl child can affect breastfeeding at various points in the life of a female from infancy to old age. Recognizing the inconsistencies and violence that the girl child and women face every day, World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) supports and endorses the International Women's Day theme of "Ending impunity for violence against Women and Girls." More...
51st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) focuses on "The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girlchild."
"The empowerment of girls is key to breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and protecting and promoting their human rights," said the Secretary-General's report. More...
Baby Goody Bags May Be On the Way Out!
Some Hospitals, Cities Bow To Breast-Feeding Camp, Irking Formula Makers. To read the entire article from the WSJ website, please click here...
4th International Conference on Children's Health and the Environment: Risk reduced environments for children
Vienna, 10 June - 12 June 2007, organised by the International Network on Children's Health, Environment & Safety (INCHES). More...
Mayor Bloomberg launches multimillion-dollar good-parenting campaign that encourages breastfeeding
"We don't yet have any hospitals in New York City that meet national 'baby-friendly' standards," Bloomberg's health commissioner, Dr. Thomas Frieden, said at a parenting conference last week. More...
Listening to Mothers II: Report of the Second National U.S. Survey of Women's Childbearing Experiences
Childbirth Connection carried out this survey in January-February 2006 among nearly 1,600 women who gave birth in U.S. hospitals in 2005. More...
Formula for profit seen as recipe for disaster
The World Health Organisation estimates 16,000 babies a year die in the Philippines as a result of a decline in breastfeeding. In a country where UNICEF estimates 20 to 30 per cent of children are malnourished, the organisation sees breastfeeding as an essential tool in the fight against disease. "Breastfeeding is a hallmark of child health. It's a magic bullet in child survival." More...
Now available - latest figures of Baby Friendly Hospitals
Australian study finds epidural may put babies off the breast
Women who choose to have a pain-killing epidural during childbirth may have more difficulty breastfeeding than those who had a drug-free delivery, according to new research. More..
Nestle recalls baby formula after metal found
Nestle has launched a voluntary national recall of infant formula after small fragments of metal were found in some cans by consumers. More...
Increasing babies' HIV-free survival, Is formula-feeding the solution?
WABA Press Release in conjuction with World AIDS Day: 01 December 2006. More...
Why does the world care about the Philippines' campaign against giant, multinational, milk companies?
Because whatever happens to the country's breastfeeding campaign would most likely happen to the programs of Third World countries. More...
Dr Margaret Chan nominated to be WHO Director-General
Dr Margaret Chan of China was nominated by the Executive Board of the World Health Organization for the post of Director-General. The Director-General is WHO's chief technical and administrative officer. More..
Breastmilk Saves Money, Saves Lives
The 3rd annual "South Asia Breastfeeding Promotion Partners Forum-3", will be held in Kabul, Afghanistan, from November 20-22, 2006. It will be hosted by the Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan in collaboration with the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN).
Babies fed Remedia formula suffer severe central nervous system damage
Three former executives of baby food maker Remedia will face involuntary manslaughter, as well as negligent sabotage, misleading the public, obstruction of justice, actions that may spread disease, fraud & conspiracy. More...
Just launched: Simplified Chinese LLL China/Asia website!
Please click on the image on the left to view website.
UNICEF wins Spanish prize for its work in helping African children
UNICEF received the 2006 Prince of Asturias Award for its contribution to "improving the health and living conditions of millions of children worldwide". More...
LLLI Media Release on the United States Transportation Security Administration's guidelines on traveling by airplane with human milk when the baby is not with the mother. More...
XVI International AIDS Conference (IAC), 13-18 August 2006, Canada
WABA will be joining forces with other networks & organisations, including its core partners, the Anthena Network , Positive Women's Network, Blueprint for Action and International Community of Women living with HIV/AIDS to make an impact at IAC 2006 . The Conference theme, "Time to Deliver" , will focus on the promises and progress made to scale-up treatment, care and prevention. More...
Community Support for Breastfeeding Seedgrants - Closed
WABA's new Seedgrant project, Community Support for Breastfeeding, aims to establish or strengthen community support worldwide for breastfeeding protection, promotion and support. For more information please click here
Fury as breastfeeding unit is axed in city budget cuts
A pioneering breastfeeding scheme for new mothers in a deprived area of the city was axed today. Maryhill Community Health Project has closed its doors after 10 years, sparking fury among parents and politicians. More...
Breastfeeding: A simple way to save young lives: WBW Press Release by UNICEF
In a developing country, a child who is breastfed is almost three times more likely to survive infancy than a child who is not breastfed, UNICEF said today at the start of World Breastfeeding Week. More...
Breastfeeding saves lives after earthquake disaster
At Bantul Hospital in central Java, UNICEF's Dr. Brian Sriprihastuti has seen the evidence of how it can be harmful to switch to formula milk, particularly during disasters. He says young babies are being admitted suffering from dehydration due to diarrhoea caused by a weakened immune system or from drinking formula mixed with contaminated water. More...
Hospitals Should Market Health, and Nothing Else
For years, hospitals have distributed "gift" bags to new mothers, courtesy of the drug companies that sell baby formula. Over the years, bag styles have changed, from pastel bunnies to sleek briefcase black. What hasn't changed is the strategy: big formula companies are using hospitals to promote their product to new mothers. More...
The WABA Gender Training workshop is on for the 3 rd consecutive year!
16 - 18 Oct 2006 ,Paradise Sandy Beach Resort, Penang, Malaysia. Reserve your space today! More info
On 27 May 2006, the World Health Assembly (WHA) welcomed the Call for action contained in the Innocenti Declaration 2005 . To view 2006 WHA resolution is 59.21, please click here .
World Environment Day 2006: 05 June 2006
As the world celebrates World Environment Day on June 5, WABA would like to remind you of the ecological benefits of breastfeeding & that bottle feeding, including the production of breastmilk substitutes are non-renewable products that create ecological damage at every stage of their production, distribution and use. More...
Java earthquake: Thousands dead
The 6.3-magnitude earthquake on 31st May has claimed thousands of lives & the death toll is rising. The United Nations estimates that around 150,000 people are homeless.
We at WABA are saddened by this situation & are deeply concerned about the thousands of women & children who were displaced as a result of this tragedy.
Breastfeeding in Emergencies: Do you know that donations of baby foods could do more harm than good?
Formula milk firms slammed over health worker links
Britain's formula milk industry has faced down a new wave of criticism from senior paediatricians, who accused it of dodging a ban on direct advertising by snuggling up to doctors and health professionals. More...
3,738 mothers in Manila top Guinness breastfeeding record
A total of 3,738 nursing mothers yesterday participated in the "Sabay-Sabay, Sumuso sa Nanay" project at the San Andrex Complex in Malate, Manila, shattering the Guinness world record for the most number of women breastfeeding simultaneously. More...
World Health Organization releases new Child Growth Standards
New international Child Growth Standards for infants and young children released by the World Health Organization (WHO) provide evidence and guidance for the first time about how every child in the world should grow. More...
UNC Chapel Hill School of Public Health establishes a Center for Infant & Young Child Feeding & Care
The first center of its kind in a school of public health. "Breastfeeding is the single most effective intervention for saving the lives of infants & young children around the world", said Dr. Miriam Labbok, director of the center. More...
"Heart of Gold" initiative is launched on World Health Day - 07 April 2006
World Health Day is celebrated on this year with a focus on the global health workforce crisis, celebrating the dignity and value of working for health. More...
Women in Development and Decision Making: where does breastfeeding fit in? Commission on the Status of Women 2006 Theme: an enabling environment for achieving gender equality and for the advancement of women, with equal participation of women and men in decision making processes at all levels. More..
WABA calls for enabling women in all forms of decision-making
International Women's Day (8 March) is a time for taking stock of the overall status of the world's women. Over a decade ago the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women called for increasing women's capacity to participate in decision-making and leadership. Yet for many women today, particularly in developing countries, these are only words on paper. More...
UNICEF & WHO concerned about information suggesting that the two agencies endorsed/agreed with the clinical trials of so-called Enhanced Formula Feed by Bath University. Please click here to find a letter jointly signed by UNICEF & WHO.
15th Anniversary of the Innocenti Declaration on the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding. More...
United Nations System: Standing Committee on Nutrition (SCN) The 33rd Session of the SCN will be hosted by the World Health Organization in Geneva, 13-17 March 2006. The Session will focus on Nutrition and the Double Burden of Disease: a Global Challenge . More...
Global Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative: CIMS launches First Mother-Friendly Global Survey of Maternity Care Practices. More...
Lactation Consultants Worldwide Celebrate IBCLC Day International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) across the world will celebrate the worldwide event, IBCLC Day, on Wednesday, March 1, 2006. This year's theme is "IBCLCs: A Valuable Link in the Circle of Care for Breastfeeding Families." More...
Breastfeeding in Emergencies: Do you know that donations of baby foods could do more harm than good?
Fact Sheet on Feeding Babies in Emergencies: English | French | Spanish | Thai
US Breastfeeding Committee Urges Support of
Breastfeeding in Aftermath of Hurricanes
Dr. Audrey Naylor, chair of the USBC, says that breastfeeding is the most important way to protect infants from a host of significant health concerns, and is especially critical in emergency situations where safe and sanitary water is not available, transportation is limited, and disease abounds. More...
Earthquake in Pakistan
Widespread death and destruction resulting from the tragedy calls
for a need to protect infant lives trough adequate feeding. For more information on how to help & support them, please contact Qamar Naseem from Blue Veins , Pakistan.
The Tsunami Tragedy Women in displacement and emergency situations are at increased risk of facing breastfeeding difficulties. They need help & support. More...
Commemorating World Aids Day on
1 Dec 2005: Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise
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3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health (APCRSH): "Expanded and Comprehensive Response in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for All Communities" was held in Kuala Lumpur from 17-21 November. More...
NESTLE Contamination! Infant formula recall in Italy France, Portugal, Spain and Israel
While Nestlé is claiming it is recalling the products as a 'precautionary measure', its clear that the products have been seized by Italian police, the European Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) referred to this problem in September and the current action was prompted by a Judge's ruling in Italy. More...
South Asia Breastfeeding Partners Forum-2: Ensure Exclusive Breastfeeding: Save Newborn Lives The discussions and information exchanged during the course of the activity are of utmost importance, particularly to infants & young children of South Asia. This resulted in several recommendations, of which ten immediate actions were agreed upon unanimously & included in the Call for Action | Report
Tracking Progress in Child Survival: Countdown to 2015 (13 - 14 December 2005)
The first in a series of two-yearly rolling reviews of progress in child survival as called for in the Bellagio/Lancet Child Survival series 2003. For more information, please click here
TOWARDS A REGION WHERE EVERY CHILD COUNTS : Siem Reap - Angkor Declaration of the 7 th East Asia and Pacific Ministerial Consultation on Children. More...
Sick of Globalization CUENCA, Ecuador -- Alternative reports on global health, presented at the second People's Health Assembly in Ecuador this week, question the free-market, neoliberal economic model and view it as the cause of many of the health problems facing humanity today. More...
'Lactivists' nursing anger
Barbara Walters remark on breastfeeding sparks moms' protest at ABC. More..
Tricks of the Infant Food Industry Dr. Naomi Baumslag reveals how infant health is sacrificed to corporate profit. More...
Breastfed kids show lower blood pressure Children and teenagers who were exclusively breastfed for at least part of their infancy apparently have lower blood pressure than their formula-fed peers, a new study indicates. More...
Help reduce child mortality through breastfeeding,
mothers urged The WHO's Demographic Health Survey (DHS), on Ghana showed that exclusive breast feeding for 6 months had the advantage to reduce under 5 mortality in children by 13%. More...
Extending maternity protection to women in the informal economy. An overview of community-based health-financing schemes. More...
Warning: iparenting.com is promoting free samples of infant fomula. More.. .
IBFAN Press Release for the 58 th World Health Assembly (WHA) 2005:
World Health Day 07 April : Make every mother and child count
The slogan for World Health Day 2005 is "Make every mother and child count", which reflects the reality that today, the health of women and children is not a high enough priority for many governments and the international community. More...
Media Release by LLLI: Making Every Mother and Child Count Begins with One Baby at a Time
Year's paid maternity leave would save lives of babies, says study
Extending paid maternity leave for new mothers significantly reduces infant mortality, according to a groundbreaking international study. Research found every 10 weeks of extra maternity leave cuts the infant mortality rate by 2.6%. More...
Government to strengthen breastfeeding promotion and protection
NHS formula milk sales will be ended, formula marketing legislation strengthened and local targets set for breastfeeding according to the Government's new public health delivery plan. More...
International Women's Day : 08 March When women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate their Day, they can look back to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development.
Early exclusive breastfeeding reduces the risk of postnatal HIV-1 transmission and increases HIV-free survival. More...
Canadian Pediatricians Suggest New Breastfeeding Guidelines TORONTO - Women should feed their newborns only through breastfeeding for the first six months, then start adding solids and other liquids, according to a new recommendation by the Canadian Pediatric Society. More...
Mary Kroeger Memorial Book Project In memory of Mary Kroeger who lost her battle with cancer on December 15, 2004, efforts are underway to fulfill Mary's wish that her book Impact of Birthing Practices on Breastfeeding be put into the hands of many people who have expressed an interest in it or who could use it to make the most impact all over the world. More...
Ireland's mothers get paid time off for breastfeeding at work
Ireland's mothers are entitled to paid time off to breastfeed their babies at work from this week, Health Promotion Minister Sean Power said. More...
14 Weeks Paid Maternity Leave for Swiss Women, FINALLY!
Statutory maternity benefits finally cleared the voting hurdle on their fourth try. Working women will now be eligible for 14 weeks' paid maternity leave at 80% of their salary. More...
Disarmament Campaign in favor of Babies
A group of health professionals in a Sao Paulo city neighborhood organized a "Disarmament Campaign in favor of Babies". The people of the neighborhood donated feeding bottles and teats which were destroyed in the street in front of the local health centre. More...