How does Nestlé support breastfeeding?
We believe that breastfeeding is best for babies and support the World Health Organization’s recommendation calling for exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, followed by continued breastfeeding along with the introduction of complementary foods as advised by a health care professional or health authority.
We include the wording ‘breastfeeding is best’ whenever and wherever possible and relevant, such as on infant formula packaging and in all communications. We also develop educational materials for health care professionals and parents on the benefits of breastfeeding. We also run campaigns and seminars on breastfeeding for the medical community in partnership with governments and medical institutions.
Has Nestlé lobbied to oppose breastfeeding policies?
We strongly support breastfeeding and have not wavered on this position. We have not, nor would we ever, lobby any governments - ncluding the US government - to oppose breastfeeding policies anywhere in the world.
We believe that breastfeeding is best for babies. Full stop. We will continue promoting exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, followed by the introduction of adequate nutritious complementary foods along with sustained breastfeeding, up to two years of age and beyond. Where mothers cannot or choose not to breastfeed, we believe infant formula provides an important alternative. We continue our commitment to responsibly and compliantly offer products to support mothers who need or choose an alternative to breastfeeding.
Find out more
- Read more about our responsible infant food policies
- Read more about FTSE4Good
- Read more about the WHO Code
- Read the Nestlé Maternity Protection Policy (pdf, 2Mb)
- Read more about responsible infant food marketing: compliance record
- Read more about the Nestlé boycott