BSNA Members welcome the World Health organization’s (WHO)‘ Status Report 2020’ on the implementation of the International Code of Breast Milk Substitutes and its findings that “progress has continued to be made on the promotion and protection of breastfeeding".

BSNA members believe all parents should feel respected and supported in their decision on how to feed their baby. Breastfeeding is the best way to feed an infant and is important for both mother and baby’s health and well-being. However, when parents are unable to or choose not to breastfed, the only food recognised by the WHO as a suitable and safe alternative to breast milk is a scientifically developed infant formula.

It is crucial that parents and caregivers are able to make appropriate and informed choices about the feeding of infants. In providing advice and information to parents and caregivers, healthcare professionals must have access to scientific and evidence-based information on breast-milk substitutes. BSNA members respect the role and integrity of clinicians and are committed to the aims and principles of the WHO Code, as set out in UK law. The WHO Code allows for companies and healthcare professionals to work together to conduct research and share scientific and factual information. The principles of our members’ engagement with healthcare professionals are fully transparent and are set out in the Infant Nutrition Industry (INI) Code.

BSNA members share a common goal with healthcare professionals to ensure that all babies have access to the best nutrition.