Email update 10 June 2016
Stand with Botswana: Breastfeeding Solidarity March
An alliance of organisations in Botswana is campaigning to raise public awareness on the importance of breastfeeding in saving lives and supporting development outcomes.
They are holding a Breastfeeding Solidarity March in Gaborone on 10 June, starting at 8:30 (click here for the announcement).
Show your support and follow developments by liking the group on Facebook:
You could also post a message of support to campaigners on the Facebook page if you are unable to make it to the march.
Organisations wishing to send an official letter of support to the Department of Health in Botswana can send this to email@example.com and we will pass it on.
Find out more about why this march is so important at this time at:
UN Committee on the Rights of the Child calls on UK government to better support breastfeeding and regulate the formula industry
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has issued its concluding observations on the UK after assessing how well the government is meeting its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
We submitted evidence of how companies aggressively market breastmilk substitutes.
The Committee’s report highlights its concern with the:
“Extremely low rate of breastfeeding, and only one percent of women maintaining exclusive breast feeding for six months in 2010, and inadequate regulation of marketing of breastmilk substitutes.”
It recommends the Government:
“Promote, protect and support breastfeeding in all policy areas where breastfeeding has an impact on child health, including obesity, certain non- communicable diseases, and mental health, and fully implement the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes."
This is extremely important as we are currently working with Parliament and the devolved authorities of the UK for better regulations. Find out more at:
Thank you to everyone who submits evidence of what companies are doing in the UK for our monitoring reports. Our submission to the Committee through the office of our IBFAN partners in Geneva helped to bring this recommendation about. Preliminary information from the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) assessment of the UK was also key - watch out for news of the full report in the near future.
Baby Milk Action clearance sale
Our home for the last 12 years is being redeveloped and so we have to move.
In the process, we are offering surplus stock, old materials and office equipment to our supporters.
Everything from old calendars and postcards, to historically important reports and books, to printers and cables.
You will need to come to the office in Cambridge to rummage and collect. All reasonable offers considered. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange.
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