Protecting Breastfeeding at the WHA69

Protecting Breastfeeding at the WHA69

In 2016, member states adopted a resolution calling for the elimination of inappropriate promotion of food for infants and young children.

The Lancet’s Series on breastfeeding has shown risks of bacterial contamination when mothers are not able to sterilize bottles or boil water.

The indiscriminate distribution of Breast milk substitute (BMS) can lead to increased interruption of breastfeeding and higher health risks, especially if it is used with unsafe water.

The Code of Marketing of Breastmilk substitute has now been extended to limit marketing of milk targeting children under 3 years old.

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