Babies before business: protecting the integrity of health professionals from institutional conflict of interest (Becker GE, Ching C, Nguyen TT, 2022)
In this commentary published in BMJ Global Health, the authors cite a broad scoping review in asserting that despite being aware of their Code violations and how these create problems for countries, associations and individuals, the commercial milk formula industry continues to use health systems
Updated February 2022!
This quick guide summarizes the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (The Code) and relevant resolutions of the World Health Assembly that help protect breastfeeding around the globe.
Implementation of the Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes in Vietnam: Marketing Practices by the Industry and Perceptions of Caregivers and Health Workers (Nguyen, T.T., 2021. Nutrients)
This study examined implementation of the Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes (the Code) in Vietnam with a focus on marketing practices by the baby food industry and perceptions of caregivers, health workers, and policy makers.
Misalignment of global COVID-19 breastfeeding and newborn care guidelines with World Health Organization recommendations (Hoang, D.V., 2020. BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health)
Guidance documents from 33 countries on newborn care for infants whose mothers are diagnosed with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 were assessed for alignment with WHO recommendations, revealing considerable inconsistencies.
Advice to use infant formula and free samples are common in both urban and rural areas in China: A cross-sectional survey (Li, J., 2021. Public Health Nutrition)
Breastmilk substitute (BMS) companies are targeting mothers using aggressive and unethical marketing strategies that violate the WHO Code in both urban and rural areas in China, this study reveals.
The financing need for expanding paid maternity leave to support breastfeeding in the informal sector in the Philippines (Ulep, V., 2020. Maternal & Child Nutrition)
In the Philippines, workers in the informal economy are not guaranteed paid maternity leave. A non‐contributory maternity cash transfer to informal sector workers could improve social equity, economic productivity, and public health and nutrition through supporting breastfeeding.