Action 6. Ensure that the marketing of infant formula is conducted in a way that minimizes its negative impacts on exclusive breastfeeding
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- Hold marketers of infant formula accountable for complying with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes
- Take steps to ensure that claims about formula are truthful and not misleading
- Ensure that health care clinicians do not serve as advertisers for infant formula
- Key Website Features: News Room, Advocacy HQ, and Coalitions Directory
- Learning Community: Formula Marketing Learning Community
- Webinar & Conference Archives: Formula Marketing
- Publication: Recommended Guidance for Governors, Mayors...on Partnerships with Private Sector
- Position Statement: Marketing of Human Milk Substitutes
- Statement of Support: Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes
Action Activities: All Baby cafes are WHO-code compliant, and encouraged to educate mothers about formula use and marketing impact on breastfeeding
Supporting Link: http://babycafeusa.org see: guidelines
Action Activities: Every Mother, Inc. fully complies with the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Subtitutes and includes this disclosure at the beginning of every training event to heighten awareness of the Code.
Supporting Link: https://www.everymother.org/about
Action Activities: The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) has been approved as a Non-Member Society Formal Signer of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) Code For Interaction with Companies. In addition, the Minimizing Commercial Influence on Education policy has been adopted by IBLCE in order to establish boundaries between industry and continuing education for IBCLCs.
Supporting Link: http://iblce.org/resources/iblce-documents/
Action Activities: ICEA has written journal articles and supports the WHO Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes on all conference and written materials
Supporting Link: http://icea.org
Action Activities: Lamaze International's advertising and corporate sponsorship guidelines are based on the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes.
Action Activities: Mom2Mom Global is committed to abiding by the WHO International Code of Ethical Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. We only partner with, accept donations from, and promote companies that are Code compliant. We are a member of Best For Babes C.A.R.E. Code Alliance.
Supporting Link: http://www.mom2momglobal.org
Action Activities: The National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy has provided comments on infant formula marketing to blogs, emails, reporters, and in phone calls; worked with the University of North Carolina to research the effect of infant formula marketing on the public; lectured at conferences regarding the WHO Code; and created a handout on recent Code violations by infant formula and bottle manufacturers.
Supporting Link: http://www.naba-breastfeeding.org/nabareal.htm
Action Activities: The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners has removed formula marketing items from national conference bags and educational conference materials.
Action Activities: The National WIC Association published a position statement in support of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes.
Supporting Link: https://www.nwica.org/position-papers
Action Activities: Support banning the formula bags in hospitals and list those hospitals who have banned the bags on our website.
Supporting Link: http://flbreastfeeding.org/babyfriendlyhospitals.htm#ban_the_bags_1
Action Activities: The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition promotes exclusive breastfeeding by including evidence-based risks of infant formula feeding in coalition-sponsored meetings and trainings, including its annual meeting and Perinatal Hospital Leadership Summit.
Supporting Link: http://mnbreastfeedingcoalition.org
Action Activities: In June of 2016, NH became the 5th state to ban formula company diaper bags in all birthing facilities.