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Protecting Breastfeeding

 

The International Code Documentation Centre (ICDC) protects breastfeeding by implementing the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. Our aim is to ensure the right of mothers to make infant feeding decisions free from commercial pressures.

 

Helping Governments Implement the
International Code of Marketing of
Breastmilk Substitutes

 

We work with governments to draft and adopt laws based on the International Code, monitor the marketing practices of baby milk manufacturers, and train health workers, and breastfeeding advocates on the Code.

 

We provide Code advocacy and drafting training, and give legal advice to governments, infant health agencies, and NGOs. As at December 2015, we have contributed directly and indirectly to 77 countries in implementing all or many of the provisions of the International Code into national legislation.

 

Monitoring and Publishing Code Violations

 

Despite ICDC’s success, so much work remains. Around the world, many countries still lack legal protection from marketing practices, or lack monitoring programs that ensure marketing practices comply with enacted provisions.

 

Unchecked, manufacturers of baby milks and food continue to violate Code provisions by marketing their products to mothers directly, or through health-care workers, with the end result being increased infant morbidity and mortality.

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