Canadian Association of Neonatal Nurses and North York Hospital conferences sponsored by formula makers
Two upcoming conferences organized by health care professionals in the pediatric field are being sponsored by formula makers Abbott and Mead Johnson. The use of the health care system, including professional associations by the infant formula manufacturers, Mead Johnson and Abbott as promotional channels for their products and their brands creates conflicts of interest for those working with mothers and infants.
Let CANN know that an Abbott and Mead Johnson sponsorship is unethical and goes against their mission "to represent a national voice committed to health and wellness of neonatal nurses, newborns and their families". Send them a letter!
Send a letter to the North York General Hospital to share with them your deep concerns regarding the sponsorship of their upcoming Paediatric Update, an educational events dealing with infant and young child nutrition and health, by manufacturers of infant formula products. Sample letter here!
In response to emails, North York General Hospital cancelled the Abbott and Mead Johnson sponsorhip of their upcoming Paediatric Update. Tim Rutledge, President and CEO of the hospital says: "When I looked into this issue last evening it had already been addressed. The sponsorship of the seminar has been cancelled."
Thank you to all who wrote to the CEO and seminar organizers. Our advocacy matters to protect breastfeeding mothers and children from commercial interference.
Nestlé pays $150,000 for Influence with WHO’s Regional Office
As revealed in a Reuters article, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has changed its policy regarding contributions from industry, and among others has accepted $150,000 from Nestlé.
It is unseemly for the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Regional Office to accept money from the world’s number one violator of the WHO Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.
Let PAHO know you want them to stay true to their mission and return Nestlé’s money: sign the petition!
From the Reuters article:
On its website, the Pan American Forum touts the benefits of membership as helping businesses “avoid regulation” and “influence regulatory environments.” “WHO is getting hijacked,” said Boyd Swinburn, an Australian professor and longtime member of WHO’s nutrition advisory committees. “They’re cash-strapped, and they’re bringing the private sector in. That’s very dangerous.”
Read the Reuters article.
Sign the petition.
Social Media Warriors
Nestlé’s propaganda army invades social media
Ever wonder who posts the comments on how “difficult it is to breastfeed” and how “infant formula has saved the baby from starvation”? Well, a recent Reuters UK article documents Nestlé’s Digital Acceleration Team working at their headquarters in Switzerland. The team monitors and engages in conversations about its products on social media.
Read the Reuters article.
Read the Gizmodo Australia blog post.
Nestlé-Free Week: Oct 29 to Nov 4
No Nestlé for Halloween!
International Nestlé-Free Week is a time for people who boycott Nestlé over the way it pushes baby milk to do more to promote the boycott - and for those who don't boycott to give it a go.
The main target of the boycott is Nescafé coffee. If you only boycott Nescafé, try giving all Nestlé products a miss for this week. If you don't boycott because you don't want to miss out on a Nestlé brand, try boycotting for this week.
You will find lots of resources on the Nestlé-Free Week page, like:
- A Nestlé-Free Zone poster to display in shops and workplaces, or your window during Halloween.
- Nestlé-Free labels for bags of Halloween candy.
- Logos to mark you website or blog as a Nestlé-Free Zone.
- The Nestlé boycott product list and cards to share with friends and family.
- How to explain the boycott in 30 seconds. Post to discussion groups. Write to the media.
- The MyMeter iPhone app - a fun way to raise the boycott.
- The send a message to Nestlé web form, to inform Nestlé you will continue to boycott until it stops breaking the rules.
Read more on the Nestlé-Free Week page.
Invite your friends to the Facebook event.
Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week in Canada October 1 to 7
This year World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) focuses on the progress that has been made on the implementation of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding (GSIYCF) which was adopted by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF ten years ago.
Implementing the Global Strategy effectively is essential to increase breastfeeding rates: especially exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months, and to reach Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 which aims to reduce under five mortality by two thirds.
Objectives of WBW 2012
- To take stock of lessons learnt and achievements from the past 20 years on infant and young child feeding (IYCF),
- To assess the status of implementation of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding (Global Strategy) globally,
- To celebrate successes and achievements nationally, regionally, and globally and showcase national work at the global level,
- To call for action to bridge the remaining gaps in policy and programmes on breastfeeding and IYCF, and
- To draw public attention to the state of policy and programmes on breastfeeding and IYCF.
PDF Flyer in English•PDF Flyer in French
World Breastfeeding Week website.
National Breastfeeding Conference
Conference Will Feature Six Speakers and Ten Sessions over Two Days
The 22nd Annual National Breastfeeding Conference, October 18 and 19, in Toronto promises to be stimulating, informative and an exciting venue to connect with colleagues.
Conference topics include: Biological Nurturing, Breastfeeding: A public health imperative, Breastfeeding: A global sustainable resource, Father's roles in the breastfeeding experience, Breastfeeding across neonatal behavioural states, The Lactational Amenorrhea Method and beyond, Breastfeeding in First Nations Communities, and Breastfeeding and social media.
For all the conference information, including our ten-page PDF brochure and online registration, go to: http://breastfeedingconference.com.
Conference Website•Registration•Conference Brochure
Embassy letter obtained by IBFAN
US pressures Vietnam against extending restriction laws on formula advertising
In support of US formula companies, the US Embassy in Hanoi pressured the Chairman of the Vietnam National Assembly to not go forward with legislation restricting breastmilk substitute advertising. In the June 13 letter, the US Embassy attempts to strong-arm the Chairman into setting aside legislation banning formula milk advertising for babies above the age of 12 months.
View the letter.
New Code Monitoring Report
Alberta report reveals aggressiveness of baby food industry marketing to undermine breastfeeding
Alberta: Look what they are doing is a summary of violations of the WHO Code in Alberta and Saskatchewan in 2011 and 2012. This monitoring report highlights the pervasive and aggressive efforts by the baby food industries to market their products.
Read the report.
Read INFACT’s comment.
New on the Website
IBFAN Breastfeeding Briefs
IBFAN’s Breastfeeding Briefs are now available on the INFACT website. The latest issue features the article, Cashing in on breastmilk? From wet nursing to milk banks to internet distribution. The article is by Dr. Gillian Weaver, a specialist on human milk banking and Vice-president of the European Milk Bank Association. We hope it will be of interest as the issue is evolving in relation to breastmilk expression, donation, storage banking, sharing and sale.
Access IBFAN Breastfeeding Briefs.
Human Milk for Babies in Need
Calgary Mothers’ Milk Bank opens
The first milk bank to open in Canada in 33 years and Canada’s first community-based milk bank is open for business. The Calgary Mothers’ Milk Bank is a not-for-profit organization that provides screened and pasteurized donor human milk to babies in need when their mother’s own milk is not available.
Human milk provides optimal nutrition, promotes normal growth and development, and reduces the risk of illness and disease.
Urgent Action Needed
Your Comment On The Health Canada Proposed Policy Statement On Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants Is Needed
The standard guide for infant feeding for all Canadian health professionals is under review. Until April 15, 2012 Health Canada is inviting comments to shape Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants - Recommendations from Birth to Six Months.
We urge all those who are interested in achieving the best possible policy statement to submit your comment to Health Canada. INFACT Canada has prepared a comment to correct a number of areas of concern. Submit INFACT’s comment or your own to improve the policy statement.
Read INFACT’s comment.
June 3 - 5, 2012 • Laval, Quebec
AQC Grand Conference 2012:
Practice based on science
The Quebec Association of Lactation Consultants/Association Québécoise des Consultantes en lactation (AQC) is proud to present its 2012 Conference at the Sheraton Laval Hotel in Quebec. This year’s conference will feature nine sessions over three days presented by Kittie Frantz, RN, CPNP-PC, Karen Kedrowski, Ph.D, and Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA.
Sessions are in English. Some French translation is available.
Visit the Conference website (French).
Download the Conference brochure [PDF].
Learn about sessions, learn about speakers.
Register for the Conference (French). Anglophiles needing help with registration may contact the AQC at 514-990-0262 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sign the Petition
Stop Nestlé’s sponsorship with the City of Newark
Nestlé, the world’s largest infant formula manufacturer and distributer, is planning to partner with the city of Newark, New Jersey in a nutrition education program to target childhood obesity. Nestlé, whose infant formula and baby foods are known to contribute to increased illness and long-term diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancers has shown nothing but disdain for the marketing rules for those products.
Please sign the petition and STOP the Nestlé Sponsorship!
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No honour for Nestlé!
INFACT Canada is deeply concerned that the University of Alberta is planning to award Mr. Peter Brabeck-Latmathlé, the Chairman of Nestlé (pictured), an honorary degree.
Protests are coming on from all over the world. Nestlé has been designated as the “Least Ethical Company” globally and is infamous for practices including the destruction of water resources and aggressive marketing of infant formula.
Please send a message to the University of Alberta. Use the links in the full article or the Council of Canadians’ online form.
Read the full article.
Use the Council of Canadians’ online form.
Submit your photos
World Breastfeeding Week 2012 Photography Contest
Feature your breastfeeding photos in this year’s WABA Action Folder! Ten winning photos will be selected and featured in the WBW Action Folders, Posters and Banners. Winners will receive US$100 for each published photo.
Understanding on the issue would help you take a great picture! Please read the WBW 2012 Calendar Announcement at www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org for more information.
Read the Calendar Announcement.
Download the Contest Form [MS Word].
Abbott Nutrition Webcast
Formula Promotion Webcast Targets Canadian Health Care Providers
A cross-Canada webcast, Wednesday, presented by doctors and scientists, will promote Abbott’s infant formula, focusing on two of its marketing gimmicks, prebiotics and lutein.
Read INFACT’s press release.
Read Abbott’s webcast information [PDF].
2011 Codex Nutrition Meeting
The Business of Malnutrition: Breaking Down Trade Rules to Profit from the Poor
Guidelines for a new range of products for babies ‘at risk’ of malnutrition was the topic of debate at the annual meeting of Codex, the UN body that sets food standards.
Developing countries and health campaigners fearing the products would undermine breastfeeding and increase family poverty, called for several resolutions in the guidelines.
IBFAN is concerned that the new ‘business of malnutrition’ that these products are spearheading—while raking up multi-billion dollar profits—will harm infant and young child health and drain family budgets.
Read full press release.
Read full press release [PDF].
Read related article in the Guardian:
Alarm as corporate giants target developing countries.
New in Resources
2012 IBFAN Calendar
The latest IBFAN calendar as always features twelve beautiful breastfeeding photographs from around the world and is a wonderful visual representation of the global breastfeeding community.
Available in our resource centre for $20.
Facts and dates are given in English, Dutch, German and French. View the interior pages at Baby Milk Action.
Order online in our resource centre.
Health Inequalities Declaration Betrays Promise to ‘Close the Gap in a Generation’
The Rio Declaration issued by the WHO World Conference on Social Determinants of Health in Rio de Janeiro on Friday (21 October) is a big disappointment to health campaigners.
Campaigners gathered to call on assembled international government representatives to counter “the toxic combination of poor social policies, unfair economic arrangements and bad politics that results in the unequal distribution of health-damaging experiences.”
Read full press release.
Private Sector Must Not Compromise Health Policy
Conflicts of Interest Coalition Statement Calls on UN to Develop Code of Conduct
A statement from Conflicts of Interest Coalition, endorsed by 145 national, regional and international organizations, calls for the development of a Code of Conduct in public policy decision-making to safeguard against conflicts of interest. This will protect optimal nutrition, breastfeeding and complementary feeding from commercial marketing pressures, sponsorships and industry funded research. The overall aim is to reduce the risks of non-communicable diseases: obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancers.
View the Statement of Concern [PDF].
New DVD from Baby Milk Action
Watch Online Clips from New DVD “Infant Formula Explained”
A new film aims to equip health workers with the information they need to answer questions like, “Which formula is the best?” and “How do I make a bottle?”
Watch the clips.
Baby Milk Action Online Video
Formula Marketing Violations Presented at Press Conference
A summary of the report, Breaking the Rules, Stretching the Rules 2011, was presented to journalists at the Geneva Press Club on May 12 prior to the 2011 World Health Assembly, resulting in international media coverage. A video excerpt from the conference is available online.
Watch the video.
New Online Resource
WHA Resolutions Relevant to the Code
You can now peruse summaries of the 16 World Health Assembly resolutions relevant to the International Code on a new INFACT Canada web page.
The WHA Resolutions page.
2011 Theme: “Talk to Me!”
World Breastfeeding Week 2011
This year World Breastfeeding Week focuses on engaging and mobilising youth intergenerational work. Our theme: “Talk to me! Breastfeeding - a 3D Experience,” deals with communication at various levels and between various sectors.
What do we want to accomplish this year?
- Encourage communities and health facilities to use new media technology to reach larger numbers of people with breastfeeding information and alert them about the conflicts of interest that may arise when entities which profit from selling or distributing products under the scope of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes (Code) promote breastfeeding.
- Broaden the scope of breastfeeding advocacy to involve traditionally less interested parties (i.e. youth, men, family planning advocates).
- Develop and scale-up communication skills education in breastfeeding and health trainings and look for active participation from young people.
- Through networking, create and increase communication channels between different sectors so breastfeeding information and feedback can be accessed and enhanced.
- Encourage mentorship by breastfeeding experts for new advocates, and by experienced communicators for those newly entering the communication era, regardless of their age.
- Creatively explore, support, recognise, and implement innovative communications approaches and provide a space for people to develop their ideas.
Read More on the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) website.
2010 Edition Now Available
Breaking the Rules, Stretching the Rules
See how, in this massive 208-page report, 22 companies BREAK the International Code of Marketing of Substitutes. Unlike industry funded analyses, Breaking the Rules, Stretching the Rules 2010 looks at real labels and promotion – not just what companies say they do.
Order online in our resource centre.
INFACT Canada Responds
Mother’s milk and safe milk sharing: Health Canada’s advisory lacks scientific basis
The recent media focus on the mothers’ movement Eats on Feets has resulted in a Health Canada advisory warning mothers against the use of another mother’s milk unless it comes from a donor milk bank.
Read INFACT’s statement.
Resource Centre launched
WBW 2010 Online Resource Centre
INFACT Canada proudly announces the launch of our World Breastfeeding Week 2010 Resource Centre. Instead of publishing INFACT’s famous WBW Action Kit, this year our WBW resources—including fact sheets, mini posters, and informational pamphlets related to the WBW 2010 theme—are being published online. Resources are available for downloading, printing and sharing. Users may donate online to support the project.
Code Essentials Booklets
Code Essentials Booklets 1, 2 and 3 give breastfeeding advocates the essentials about the need to regulate the marketing of baby foods (including formula), feeding bottles and teats.
Order online in our resource centre.
New Breastfeeding DVD
Humans are the only mammal to feed their young the milk of another species. Breastfeeding - Making the Connection explores why parents choose formula over breast milk and how the implementation of Baby-Friendly practices can reverse this trend. If you’re interested in the future of our health care systems and the wellbeing of generations to come, this film is a must-see.
Order online in our resource centre.
Sign the petition! Help us get 100,000 signatures to present to Prime Minister Harper.
Join INFACT Canada and INFACT Quebec and sign on to the “protect breastfeeding petition” at http://protectbreastfeedingpetition.ca/. You can make a difference for mothers and children, sign the petition, share the petition and join us for a better world for all of us.
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NEW Support the Australian initiative to require warning labels
on formula products. Learn more and sign the petition on
Against Formula's website.
Find out about the world’s largest and most successful consumer boycott,
the Nestlé Boycott. Learn
how you can help put pressure on the company until they stop their
dangerous and immoral marketing of breastmilk substitutes.
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