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Breastfeeding is bestWe firmly believe that breast milk is the ideal food for newborns and infants. In line with the World Health Organization’s recommendation, we promote exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, followed by the introduction of nutritious and appropriate complementary foods along with sustained breastfeeding up to two years of age and beyond.
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The first 1,000 days: The crucial window of opportunityFor children to grow up healthy and develop to their full potential, it is crucial that they get good nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life - from the moment they are conceived up to their second birthday. We contribute to the good health and nutrition of mothers and their children during this critical period through our scientific research, high-quality products, educational programmes, and services for health professionals.
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Nutritious complementary foods are essential for your childStarting at six months of age, the introduction of nutritious complementary foods is important to meet the growing needs of babies. In some parts of the world, children’s diets are low in key nutrients. Using our expertise in micronutrient fortification, we have developed a range of affordable fortified infant cereals to contribute to a nutritious diet for children.
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Providing support to health professionalsWe support health professionals as they provide parents with objective nutrition advice for infants and young children. The independent Nestlé Nutrition Institute (NNI) provides scientific workshops and continued professional education. As the world’s largest private publisher of nutrition information, it is also a widely recognised source of some of the most up-to-date findings about breastfeeding and nutrition for mothers, infants and young children.
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Supporting our working mothers to breastfeedWe aim to support breastfeeding in our company by providing a conducive environment for working mothers who breastfeed. This takes the form of maternity leave, health counsellors, flextime, and the 150 breastfeeding rooms at our sites worldwide. Link: www.nestle.com/aboutus/ask-nestle/answers/how-does-nestle...
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Responsible commercialisation of our breast milk substitutesWe have learned a great deal from our experiences, and we recognise our responsibility to go beyond what were common marketing standards in the past. Every day, we strive to further improve our practices and our policies to support optimal nutrition for children.
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Stringent policy and proceduresWe have the industry’s strictest policies and procedures in place to ensure that we market breast milk substitutes responsibly. This includes a global policy on the marketing of breast milk substitutes, training of all our employees who work in infant nutrition, regular internal and external audits of our practices, and implementation of whistleblowing and reporting procedures. We are committed to continuously improving our practices in this area. We are currently working hard to help our distributors and retailers to commercialise our products responsibly and in line with our policies.
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FTSE4Good: Doing business responsiblyWe are proud to be the first, and so far the only, infant food manufacturer to be included in FTSE4Good, the only responsible investment index to have laid out clear criteria on the responsible marketing of breast milk substitutes. We see this as evidence of our commitment and efforts to ensure that we market breast milk substitutes responsibly.
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Aiming for Constructive CollaborationThrough our annual stakeholder convenings and Creating Shared Value Forum, we have had constructive dialogue with different NGOs and interest groups on the topic of maternal, infant and young child nutrition. We are ready to working constructively with all concerned stakeholders towards our aim to contribute to the optimal health and nutrition of mothers, infants and young children.