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 organizations 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.

Look What They are Doing in Tasmania! (November 2017)


IBFAN-ICDC is pleased to announce the release of “Code Monitor”, a monitoring report that a group of independent Australian monitors in Tasmania has compiled.  Although the report focuses on the marketing of infant formula products in Tasmania, it reflects the marketing situation in the whole of Australia and highlights the many ways the International Code is being violated because the voluntary code there fails to meet the minimum requirements of the International Code and recommendations of subsequent World Health Assembly resolutions..


We thank this group of Australian monitors for sharing the result of their monitoring efforts and urge other groups to do the same. Information is power!


Click here to view the report

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