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Supporting breastfeeding

 

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.

 

Our actions

Breastfeeding is best
Breastfeeding is best
We 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.
The first 1,000 days
The first 1,000 days
For 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.
Nutritious complementary foods
Nutritious complementary foods
Starting 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. Link: www.nestle.com/csv/impact/tastier-healthier/micronutrient-fortification
Supporting health professionals
Supporting health professionals
We support health professionals as they provide parents with objective nutrition advice for infants and young children. The 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. Link: www.nestlenutrition-institute.org
Supporting working mothers
Supporting working mothers
We also actively encourage breastfeeding in our own facilities. Our Maternity Protection Policy (pdf document) allows female employees to take up to six months’ maternity leave. In addition to enabling flexible working time and breastfeeding breaks, the policy also promotes a conducive environment to breastfeed, which includes a network of more than 302 breastfeeding sites in our workplaces around the world. Link: www.nestle.com/ask-nestle/health-nutrition/answers/why-do...
Responsible marketing
Responsible marketing
We 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. Read more in our full Creating Shared Value Report (pdf, 12Mb).
Stringent policy and procedures
Stringent policy and procedures
We 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. Link: www.nestle.com/csv/performance/compliance-record
Recognised Industry leader
Recognised Industry leader
Nestlé is ranked first in the 2018 Access to Nutrition Index (ATNI) released today for its overall performance in its nutrition-related commitments. This confirms Nestlé’s leadership in nutrition, health and wellness as well as our contribution to tackling the global challenges of obesity and undernutrition. Nestlé also ranks second for its marketing of breast milk substitutes. This reflects Nestlé’s commitment to policies, practices and compliance with the World Health Organization’s International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes. ATNI said that Nestlé’s "overall nutrition governance and management systems are comprehensive, well-structured, transparent and applied globally with a clear accountability structure". Read more: www.nestle.com/media/pressreleases/allpressreleases/nestl...
Doing business responsibly
Doing business responsibly
We are proud to have been the first Breastmilk Substitutes (BMS) manufacturer included in FTSE4Good Index and to have consistently met its 104 rigorous criteria for the responsible marketing of BMS since 2011. Link: www.nestle.com/aboutus/ask-nestle/answers/what-is-ftse4good
Constructive collaboration
Constructive collaboration
Through our annual stakeholder convenings and Creating Shared Value Forum, we engage in constructive dialogue with different NGOs and interest groups on the topic of maternal, infant and young child nutrition. We are ready to work constructively with all concerned stakeholders towards our aim to contribute to the optimal health and nutrition of mothers, infants and young children. Link: www.nestle.com/csv/what-is-csv/stakeholder-engagement