Off the Line
Sweet Homebirth (Video)
Midwives have existed since the
beginning of humanity. Why, then, is it so difficult to find a midwife in America?
What events occured between the mid 1800's until the present day which nearly made
midwifery extinct in America? And why are more families now looking into homebirth as a
refuge from hospital care?
Home Sweet Homebirth provides
the answers. Interviews with noted doctors, historians and midwives. Very interesting and
WHO's Breastmilk Substitute Code
In 1981, the World Health Assembly adopted The International Code of Marketing of
Breastmilk Substitutes, as a tool to protect breastfeeding. The Innocenti Declaration of
1990 calls on all governments to implement the Code by 1995.
Formula marketing targets women. New mothers are given free samples of formula, babies
are given bottles in hospitals, coupons or food samples arrive in the mail, or booklets
and videotapes are distributed on breastfeeding and weaning. The Code
prohibits marketing of these products in these ways. It covers formula, other milk
products, cereals, teas and juices, as well as bottles and teats.
The Code has 10 important provisions.
- NO advertising of any of these products to the public
- NO free samples to mothers
- NO promotion of products in health care facilities, including the distribution of free
or low-cost supplies
- NO company sales representatives to advise mothers
- NO gifts or personal samples to health workers
- NO words or pictures idealising artificial feeding, or pictures of infants on labels of
infant milk containers
- Information to health workers should be scientific and factual
- ALL information on artificial infant feeding, including that on labels, should explain
the benefits of breastfeeding and the costs and hazards associated with artificial feeding
- Unsuitable products, such as sweetened condensed milk, should not be promoted for babies
- Manufacturers and distributors should comply with the Code's provisions
even if countries have not adopted laws or other measures.
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