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.
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.
Mistakes from the HIV pandemic should inform the COVID-19 response for maternal and newborn care (Gribble, K., 2020. International Breastfeeding Journal)
During the COVID-19 pandemic, policy makers and practitioners must learn from mistakes made during the HIV pandemic, when breastfeeding was undermined through isolating infants from their mothers, and formula feeding resulted in more infant deaths than the disease.
Not breastfeeding leads to more than half a million child deaths annually and costs the world economy up to US$1 billion a day.
Breastfeeding is one of the best buys in global health to improve social, health, and economic development outcomes. Globally, improving breastfeeding practices could save more than 820,000 lives annually—87 percent of them infants under six months of age.