Posted by: Indonesian Children | April 26, 2009

Advocacy and Promotion of Breastfeeding

3-Minute Activist– think you don’t have time to be a breastfeeding advocate?  Try this from
Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine is a worldwide organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation.
Advocacy in Pakistan  
Advocacy articles from Leaven
Advocacy links–
Australian National Breastfeeding Strategy Website
Baby Milk Action -non-profit organization which aims to save lives and to end the avoidable suffering caused by inappropriate infant feeding.
Breastfeeding Advocacy without Debate– site was down when I checked, don’t know if it’s permanent 7/4/04
Breastfeeding & Guilt-by Dr. Jack Newman. One of the most powerful arguments many health professionals, government agencies and formula company manufacturers make for not promoting and supporting breastfeeding is that we should “not make the mother feel guilty for not breastfeeding”. Read more…
Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India
Breastfeeding Taskforce of Greater Los Angeles
Do perceived attitudes of physicians and hospital staff affect breastfeeding decisions?  
Formula Ads and Free Samples Influencing Moms
Formula for Disaster
Formula for Profit: How Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes Undermines the Health of Babies
Formula marketing information  
“Free” Booklets Aren’t Free
Gift bags?
Healthy People 2010 BF Objective
How to be a Breastfeeding Advocate – for childbirth educators
Human Breast is Best for Human Babies– from Peta (anti-cows milk)
Just Say No to Formula Gifts – For the mother, these “gifts” include free formula, coupons, physician’s office & hospital gift packs; for health professionals, they include pens, pads, lunches, and monetary donations to hospitals that number in the thousands of dollars.  These “gifts” create an environment that undermines breastfeeding & studies show that they shorten the duration of breastfeeding.
La Leche League International Companies that Match Gifts – The following list list contains the names of some companies that match gifts to non-profits. Whether or not your company is listed, we recommend that you check with YOUR employer to see if they will match gifts to La Leche League International
Letter for places violating the WHO Code
LINKAGES Project – A worldwide project to support Breastfeeding, Related Complementary Feeding and Maternal Nutrition, and the Lactational Amenorrhea Method
McSpotlight on the Baby Milk Industry
Message in a Bottle
Militant Breastfeeding Cult
Model Hospital Policy Recommendations (see also Baby-Friendly info)
National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy (NABA)
National Breastfeeding Media Watch Campaign -The purpose of MediaWatch is to identify references to breast and formula feeding in all facets of the media: television, advertising, print, radio and film. When positive images and references are observed, letters of commendation are sent by MediaWatch volunteers. When negative or inaccurate references are observed, letters with suggestions and information are sent. The goal of MediaWatch is to bring about more positive references to breastfeeding.
Nestle Boycott & Nestle Products list
ProMom Promoting the Awareness & Acceptance of Breastfeeding
Proyecto Lacta-Puerto Rico
Ralph Nader – in the Public Interest
San Diego Co. Breastfeeding Coalition-also Model Hospital Policy Recommendations on this site.
Texas Breastfeeding Promotion Activities & Texas Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Breastfeeding Task Force
Treasure Coast BF Taskforce
Tricks of the Infant Food Industry -by By Naomi Baumslag, MD, MPH 
U.S. Breastfeeding Legislation
U.S. BF Committee
Watch Your Language!– This is a great article on how to talk to someone about breastfeeding without turning them off.
WHO Code  – In 1981 the World Health Assembly adopted the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes in the form of a recommendation, in the World Health Organization (WHO) Constitution. More than 160 countries and territories, including the United States, agreed to take steps to implement the Code. The aim of the Code is to “contribute to the provision of safe and adequate nutrition for infants, by the protection and promotion of breast-feeding, and by ensuring the proper use of breast-milk substitutes, when these are necessary, on the basis of adequate information and through appropriate marketing and distribution.”
Why Boycott Nestle? & Nestle Products list
World Alliance for BF Action (WABA)
World Health Organization (WHO)
World Walk for Breastfeeding Info -Your World Walk for Breastfeeding and World Breastfeeding Week Headquarters. Learn all about past and future World Walks. There are lots of great ideas and useful information, too.
Some Facts: It has been estimated that 1.5 million babies die yearly from unsafe bottlefeeding.  For every 1000 babies born in the U.S., 4 will die from formula feeding, The US Government buys $600 million worth of formula each year, every 30 seconds a baby somewhere dies from unsafe bottle feeding. Without breastfeeding, babies don’t get the benefit of passive immunity normally passed on in the mothers’ milk. The risk of contracting serious diseases from bottle feeding is therefore high, but it is further compounded by the fact that, in the Third World, many people don’t have access to a clean water supply with which to make up the formula, and poverty can lead to mothers over-diluting the formula to make it go further. Waterborne diseases fed straight to vulnerable babies causes what is now a common condition in many parts of the world, & formula companies know these facts and yet often still use unethical marketing policies to promote their products. 

Alternatives to Bottles for Temporary Supplementation
Alternative Feeding Methods for Breastfed Babies Traditionally, babies who cannot breastfeed temporarily, are fed using a bottle nipple, but for many babies and their mothers, this can result in problems that are difficult to correct. Alternative feeding methods, including finger feeding, cup feeding and complimentary feeding at the breast, are a temporary solution. Return the baby to the breast as soon as possible.
Alternatives to Bottles –
Bottle-Feeding as a Tool to Reinforce Breastfeeding – if an alternative device can’t or hasn’t been being used New
Cup Feeding – Policy and procedures, Nancy E. Wight MD, FAAP, IBCLC
Cup Feeding – Cup Feeding video clip, scroll all the way down the page
Finger Feeding -Finger Feeding video clip, scroll all the way down the page
Finger Feeding a Preemie
Selecting and Using Breastfeeding Devices & Equipment
Using a Lactation Aid
More great info here



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