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Nestlé: Get Set, Approval Gone!

Sustain’s Children’s Food Campaign (CFC) found that Nestlé’s “Get set, go free” promotion breached a key message of the C4L campaign - to swap sugary foods and drinks for lower sugar or sugar-free products.  A CFC survey found that 24 out of the 27 Nestlé products in the promotion are officially categorised as “high in sugar.” The Department of Health admitted that an error had been made when it approved Nestle’s use of the logo on the website - so the logo was removed.



Royal College of Midwives drops formula adverts

We congratulate the Royal College of Midwives for deciding in 2010 to remove all adverts for breastmilk substitutes from their journal.  Meanwhile the Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association (CPHVA), another Baby Feeding Law Group (BFLG) member, which has never carried follow-on milk adverts, is steadily reducing the number of infant formula adverts carried.


RCSLT backs the Code

Members of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists were concerned to find Nestlé advertising in their journal and a defence of its baby food marketing practices on the letters page. The RCSLT’s new policy allows no advertising from companies that violate the International Code. RCSLT has also joined the Breastfeeding Manifesto Coalition, so will be campaigning alongside us for the strengthening of the UK formula regulations.


Pam Lacey Award for Breastfeeding Counsellors

We are saddened to report the death on the 5th November of Pam Lacey, Chair of the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers (ABM). Pam (left) has been a generous and wonderful support to Baby Milk Action and we'll miss her terribly. Under her leadership ABM has gone from strength to strength and has been an outspoken ally in the struggle to protect and support breastfeeding everywhere. ABM plan to set up a new Award for Breastfeeding Counsellors in her honour.





Julie Crawford Award for Health Visitors

The 2009 Julie Crawford Award for Health Visitors, was presented to the inspirational Alison Spiro from North West London at Baby Milk Action’s AGM in April 2010 (right). The Award was set up by the Baby Feeding Law Group in honour of Julie, a former Director of Baby Milk Action who died in 2001. We are seeking nominations for the 2011 Award now.  Candidates must be practising health visitors who have made a significant contribution to breastfeeding support in the UK, facilitating universal access for support that is independent of commercial influence.



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