This Saturday, May 21st marks the 35th anniversary of the WHO Code.
The Code is an important part of creating an overall environment that enables mothers to make the best possible feeding choice, based on impartial information and free of commercial influences, and to be fully supported in doing so. (WHO Code Frequently Asked Questions, 2008)
ALCI, as part of its goals, supports the full implementation of the International Code of Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes (The WHO Code) and subsequent resolutions of the World Health Assembly. Furthermore, the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) require all IBCLCs to adhere to the WHO Code:
A crucial part of an IBCLC’s duty to protect mothers and children is adherence to the principles and aim of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes and subsequent relevant World Health Assembly’s resolutions. Code of Professional Conduct for IBCLCs
As part of the WHO Code Day of Action, ALCI are pleased to join IBFAN Ireland in an effort to raise awareness and to protect families from the irresponsible marketing of breastmilk substitutes that have the potential to seriously undermine the health of infants, mothers and communities.
Please join IBFAN Ireland’s WHO Code Day of Action.
Further information about the event and how you can get involved can be found here.