Baby food giants accused of wooing mothers in India off breastfeeding

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 05 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4934
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Large food manufacturers are breaking official rules by tempting mothers away from breastfeeding to give their babies produced food, claims a group of leading charities in India.

The Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI), which promotes breastfeeding and appropriate complementary feeding, and the International Baby Food Action Network—a network of groups promoting optimal infant and child nutrition—have accused baby food companies Heinz, Nestle, and Abbott of misleading mothers and undermining breastfeeding and natural family foods.

The charities said that the companies were breaching the country’s IMS Act (Infant Milk Substitutes, Feeding Bottles and Infant Foods Regulation of …

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