The international code of marketing of breast-milk substitutes: frequently asked questions on the roles and responsibilities of health workers


Health workers have a vital role to play in educating mothers and other caregivers about infant and young child feeding. It is also their moral, legal, and professional responsibility to protect, promote, and support optimal feeding. However, health workers and health care facilities throughout the world are used by companies to promote breast-milk substitutes, such as infant formula, follow-up formula, or growing-up milk.

This frequently asked questions (FAQ) document aims to provide health workers with information on their specific roles and responsibilities in protecting breastfeeding practices against the inappropriate promotion of breastmilk substitutes by manufacturers and distributors.

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