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BINGO Business Interest NGO

CDC Centre for Disease Control (US)

CRC Convention of the Rights of the Child 

CSR Corporate Social Responsibility

CSV Creating Shared Value

EFSA European Food Safety Authority 

FAO UN Food and Agriculture Organization

FCTC WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

GAIN Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

IBFAN International Baby Food Action Network

ICDC International Code Documentation Centre

INBC International Nestlé Boycott Committee

ISDI International Special Dietary Foods Industries

MEP Member of the European Parliament 

PINGO Public Interest NGO

SBN SUN Business Network

SUN Scaling Up Nutrition

TPP Trans-Pacific Partnership

TTIP Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

UNICEF United Nations Children's Fund

WFP World Food Programme

WHO World Health Organization

WTO World Trade Organisation

Sponsor Lara and Sian running the Cardiff Half Marathon for Baby Milk Action

Update: Lara and Sian completed the half marathon and are pictured below with their medals.

Baby Milk Action is delighted that Lara Cowpe and Sian Evans will be running in the Cardiff Half Marathon on 6 October 2013 in support of Baby Milk Action - and mothers and babies everywhere who benefit from our work holding the baby food industry to account.

Recruiting: Baby Milk Action Office Manager, based in Cambridge

Office Manager - Cambridge: £17,500 - £21,000 (pro rata).

25 hrs/week (Gross pay: £11,667 - £14,000)

 One-year contract (renewable subject to circumstances)

Baby Milk Action, a small but respected campaign organisation in Central Cambridge, seeks Office Manager.  

From answering the phone to managing the budget you will work alongside our two other part-time staff, book-keeper and volunteers. You'll have a wide range of skills ~ or the ability to learn them.  

The post is for 25 hours/week. While 5 hours/day is preferred, there is some flexibility and actual hours will be agreed in the contract.

Click here for the full job description.

Click here for the application form.

Closing date: 7 August (extended as site was offline due to cyber attack) / Interviews: 12  August


A message from Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson, Oscar-winning actress and screenwriter, writes:

Emma Thompson

 I've been following the work of Baby Milk Action for many years and supporting their campaigns, such as the successful defence of baby food marketing regulations in the Philippines in 2007. Baby Milk Action is incredibly effective for a small organisation and needs all the help it can get for its work to continue.

 As explained below, it takes no commercial funding, not even advertising links on this website. Donations from the public are a critically important source of independent funding.

 Can you make a donation right now, even if just £1.00? A small amount may not seem worth the bother - but please do bother. Just click on the amount and donate button below.

£1.00 £5.00  £10.00 £25.00

Read on to find out how this helps to protect babies and their families around the world and other ways that you can support the campaign.


(Photo: Clive Coote)

Philippines campaign


Emma's message backing Baby Milk Action's petition of solidarity with the government and campaigners in the Philippines (left) appeared on the front page of the biggest circulation broadsheet in the Philippines, the Daily Inquirer, on 9 December 2006 with the headline "Oscar winner joins Republic of Philippines fight vs milk firms".

This helped to counter heavy-duty lobbying from the baby food industry, US Chamber of Commerce and US State Department against new baby food regulations.




Our funding is independent of commercial interests

Our funding comes from membership fees, donations, merchandise sales and grants from development agencies and charitable trust.

Last year our income was less than £90,000, enough to employ 3 part-time staff and a book-keeper, pay the auditors, run the websites and office, travel to key events and support our partners around the world. As you can see below, we achieve a lot for this money. You make that possible - financially and through your support.

So please think about sending us a donation every now and then when you visit our sites. We don't take pay-per-click advertising on our websites, to maintain our independence and because we have better things to do than check out whether the advertisers are companies we want to send you to. Instead, please click on our donate button. One pound may not seem worth the bother - but only a fraction of the visitors to this site have to make the effort to make a big difference.

Please be one of them today.

£1.00 £5.00  £10.00 £25.00

Or sign up as a member. Pay the annual fee at £1.50 per month and we will send you a free gift - click here.

If you are already a member, donor or purchaser of our merchandise, then you can give Baby Milk Action membership as a gift - click here.


You share in our successes - and money is not everything

If you have given enough, or now is not the time, then just by visiting this site and being informed, you are helping Baby Milk Action's work and so helping to save and improve infant lives.

Our supporters send us information about how baby food companies are pushing their products in the UK and other countries.

Campaign supporters have made Nestlé the most boycotted company in the UK and one of the four most boycotted on the planet.

Whether helping financially, by spreading the word, joining in our campaigns or sending us information, you are making a difference. For example, successes in the last 12 months include:

Stopping baby milk marketing violations in the UK

Example: Tesco, the UK's leading supermarket chain, pulled its "Big Price Drop" campaign promoting infant formula after we exposed it. Short-term discounts are intended to boost sales and are against the law. This is not the first time it has broken the law and it has still not been prosecuted - we need to continue holding companies to account ourselves and gathering evidence to prompt the authorities to act.

Stopping baby milk marketing violations in other countries

Example: Nestlé dropped its claim that its formula is "The new 'Gold Standard' in infant nutrition" after we targeted this violation during International Nestlé-Free Week last year - but Nestlé refused to stop most of the violations reported to it. We need to be able to do more to mobilise people, because then executives act.

Exposing misleading claims made by baby food companies

Example: Members of the European Parliament voted to block an unsubstantiated claim about an ingredient added to formula following our email campaign and advocacy - but the European Commission ignored them. So now we are working with the Parliament to toughen up the regulations.

Bringing in safeguards at the national and international level

Example: We have built an alliance with other campaigning groups called the Conflicts of Interest Coalition and new United Nations declarations adopted since are warning governments to safeguard against conflicts of interest when they work with the private sector - but corporations have deep pockets and we need to constantly remind decision makers to put the public interest first.

And much more

We produce information materials, brief journalists, organise demonstrations, speak at health worker and public events, respond to government and United Nations consultations, expose the failings of international systems that are supposed to hold corporations to account, provide advice and support to partners in the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) around the world, answer questions from the public and so on - while constantly having to find ways to bring in the money needed for this work to take place.

Baby Milk Action keeps on going

With the financial crisis, most campaigning organisations and charities have seen their income fall and some have folded up. Baby Milk Action keeps going, scaling back where we can, fitting our staffing to our income (and we are fortunate they are willing to cut their paid hours and keep working as much as they can).

We watch the pennies and aim to use them as wisely and effectively as we can.

So if you can, please click on the amount and donate button and send us £1.00 (or more).

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Or become a member - click here.

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About us

Baby Milk Action is a non-profit organisation which aims to save lives and to end the avoidable suffering caused by inappropriate infant and young child feeding. Baby Milk Action works within a global network to strengthen independent, transparent and effective controls on the marketing of the baby feeding industry.

The global network is called IBFAN (the International Baby Food Action Network) a network of over 200 citizens groups in more than 100 countries.

Click here to download our leaflet: What we do - How to help.

Protecting breastfeeding

There is no food more locally produced or sustainable than breastmilk. A breastfed child is less likely to suffer from gastroenteritis, respiratory and ear infections, diabetes, allergies and other illnesses. In areas with unsafe water a bottle-fed child is up to 25 times more likely to die as a result of diarrhoea.

Reversing the decline in breastfeeding could save 1.5 million lives around the world every year. Breastfeeding helps fulfill the UN Millennium Development Goals and has the potential to reduce under-5 mortality by 13%. A further 6% of deaths could be saved through appropriate complementary feeding. Breastfeeding also provides health benefits to the mother, such as reduced risk of some cancers.

That is why a marketing code was introduced in 1981 to regulate the marketing of breastmilk substitutes. Companies continue to violate its provisions - see examples here. Find out how Baby Milk Action works to stop them and how you can help.

Protecting babies fed on formula

Breastmilk substitutes are legitimate products for when a child is not breastfed and does not have access to expressed or donor breastmilk. Companies should comply with composition and labelling requirements and other Code requirements to reduce risks - independently of government measures. Parents have a right to accurate, independent information.

Baby Milk Action is not anti-baby milk. Our work protects all mothers and infants from irresponsible marketing.

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