Ibfan-Icdc | Protect breastfeeding and babies
ICDC, part of the global International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), operates from the IBFAN Penang office, based in Malaysia. ICDC advises the leading organisations in child health: UNICEF, WHO, and the global IBFAN network.
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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.

Latest News
  • As part of the celebration of the 50th Founding Anniversary of the ASEAN, the Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines hosted the 2017 ASEAN Breastfeeding Forum and ...

  • In April 2017, the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand passed the Control of Marketing of Infant and Young Child Food Act.  This Law gives effect to the Internation...

  • In June 2017, the regulatory body on free markets in Ecuador imposed a fine exceeding USD 157,000 on the local Nestlé branch. This sanction was imposed for the unauthoris...

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