Protecting breastfeeding in the Philippines

Protecting breastfeeding in the Philippines

The Philippines government has introduced strengthened regulations for the marketing of baby foods, after reports that baby food companies were offering financial incentives for health workers if families were converted to use breastmilk substitutes. The new regulations are the culmination of years of campaigning by the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN).

The new regulations are under attack, with US companies filing a legal action in court. It appears this action has had some success as in August 2006 the court reversed an earlier ruling and blocked the new marketing regulations from coming into force. Campaigners in the Philippines want to implement international marketing standards adopted by the World Health Assembly.

IBFAN is asking for people around the world to support the efforts being made to protect infant health: visit www.babymilkaction.org/CEM/cemnov06.html

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