If you would like to spread the word to some other UK universities, here are some key facts to note;
- Nestlé is still violating the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.
- An article in the British Medical Journal (2003) noted that Nestlé violate;
Article 6.7 by using national healthcare systems in Togo and Burkina Faso to promote their products
Article 7.4 by distributing free formula milk samples to health providers in developing countries
Article 7.3 by idealising the use of formula milk without clear information on the superiority of breastfeeding or the difficulty of reversing the decision not to breastfeed.
Articles 9.2 and 9.4 by inappropriate labelling that does not warn of the health hazards of inappropriate use.
- Reversing the decline in breastfeeding could save the lives of 1.5 million infants every year according to United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
For further information see;
Aguayo, V. M., Ross, J. S., Kanon, S., & Ouedraogo, A. N. (2003). Monitoring compliance with the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes in West Africa. British Medical Journal, 326: 127