Thursday, April 24, 2014

Feel like taking action? Here are some things you can do and use today!

For 33 years, infant formula manufacturers have ignored international standards on marketing, putting profits over mother and child health.

Sign up to take action against formula companies’ egregious violations of the World Health Organization’s guidelines for formula marketing known as “the Code.”

On May 21, 1981, the WHO adopted the Code to end formula corporations’ targeting of women and co-option of health care providers.

Nearly half of the world’s countries have adopted legislative measures to implement the Code, but in the U.S. — as a result of formula industry lobbying — legislation remains out of reach.

Let’s use the anniversary of the Code to hold accountable the entities most responsible for deceiving women — Mead Johnson (makers of Enfamil), Abbott (Similac) and Nestle (Gerber).

Participate in May 21 actions ranging from sending a message online to delivering a petition to Mead Johnson.

Earth Day Infographic, from USLCA

In celebration of Earth Day, the United States Lactation Consultant Association published an infographic entitled "Mother Earth's Top Reasons to Breastfeed," showing the many ways breastfeeding reduces waste.

Breastfeeding Article, from NICHQ

In the NICHQ (National Institute for Children's Health Quality) April 2014 newsletter, Julie Stagg, State Breastfeeding Coordinator and Women's and Perinatal Health Nurse Consultant for the Texas Department of State Health Services, discusses how to grow a breastfeeding initiative from local to statewide.

Racial Equity Resource Guide, from WKKF

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has created an interactive Racial Equity Resource Guide, including practical resources such as articles, organizations, research, books, media strategies, and training curricula aimed at helping organizations and individuals working to achieve racial healing and equity in their communities.