Nestlé and baby milk . Based on information from Baby Milk Action Baby Milk Action is the UK member of the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) Consisting of over 200 groups in more than 100 countries. Who is Nestlé? . Font: GMI September 2005. But….Nestlé has a darker side.
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Font: GMI September
But….Nestlé has a darker side
“Some 1.5 million children still die every year because they are inappropriately fed”
"Marketing practices that undermine breastfeeding are potentially hazardous wherever they are pursued: in the developing world, WHO estimates that some 1.5 million children die each year because they are not adequately breastfed. These facts are not in dispute."
"Use my picture if it will help," said this mother at the Childrens Hosptial, Islamabad, Pakistan. Photo: UNICEF.
A baby dies every 30 seconds from unsafe bottle feeding
The babies are twins: the child with the bottle is a girl - she died the day after this photograph was taken - but her brother was breastfed and thrived.
The mother was told that she wouldn’t have enough milk for both children, and so breastfed her son while the grandmother bottle-fed her daughter. But she would almost certainly have been able to feed both babies, since the more a baby suckles, the more milk is produced.
UNICEF, Islamabad Children’s Hospital, Pakistan.
Nestlé breaks the rules of The Code
Monitoring results from 69 countries
2,000 rule brakes
Over 700 pictures
Nestlé is responsible for more rule breaks than any other company!!
Huge billboard in Taiwan
“Growing moments, Nestle moments”- Indonesia
“Raising an intelligent child is no longer a dream” – use Nan
“I love my Nestlé mum”
When closed, leaflet seems to promote breastfeeding
When opened, a different story unfolds!
In the health care system
Indonesia– Hospital sign boardt
Thailand–product promotion at conferences
"The only contact that I would say with the mother is through the label."
Beverley Mirando,Senior Policy Advisor, Nestlé. Debate at Nottingham University.
What can you do?
You have the power to stop buying Nescafé (and other Nestlé products) until Nestlé abides by the World Health Assembly marketing requirements for baby foods!
Learn more on the website