National WIC Association releases statement on endorsement of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes
Washington, DC, August 15, 2011 – The National WIC Association has endorsed the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes with its publication entitled the “NWA Statement on the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes.” The National WIC Association (NWA) is the non-profit education arm and advocacy voice of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC). The International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes is a global public health strategy that provides guidelines for the marketing of infant formula, bottles, and artificial nipples in a manner that protects breastfeeding. NWA endorsed both the WHO Code and breastfeeding as the optimal way to feed and nourish infants. NWA also assumed a leadership role in supporting the recommendations in the Code throughout the WIC Program. See http://nwica.org/sites/default/files/WHO%20Code%20Breastfeeding.pdf for a full copy of the statement.
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