Following a welcome response from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) for our request to discuss the Danone sponsorship of their Legal Birth Conference, we have decided to cancel our planned leafleting of the event. It is too late for the RCM to make any changes to the event, but we look forward to discussing our "Say NO to formula company sponsorship" campaign with them shortly.
We appreciate the progressive improvements the RCM has made to its policies over the years and its active involvement in the Baby Feeding Law Group. The RCM no longer takes advertising from formula companies in its journal and does not allow formula companies as exhibitors for their conferences.
Like the RCM and the health professional bodies we work closely with in the Baby Feeding law group, we believe that it is essential that adequate support is provided from public funds to protect health worker independence and ensure sound support for all parents. Companies are increasingly aggressive in trying to reach health workers through sponsorship and other means.
We have received many messages of concern about Danone sponsorship of the legal conference and understand the RCM has also been contacted by its members. As the debate about Danone sponsorship of the Conference is now underway, Baby Milk Action will not be leafleting at this event, and we look forward to productive discussions with RCM.