WHO(se) Code?

It’s great to see so much discussion about breastfeeding in the media, given that we’re only a few weeks away from World Breastfeeding Week 1-7 August. Unfortunately, a lot of the op eds are still missing the point. This is not about what babies are fed, this about our human right as women to be valued … Continue reading WHO(se) Code?

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Australia: Report Card 2018

Australia now joins 94 other countries in completion of the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) with a score of 25.5/100.   We call on federal, state, territory and local governments to provide leadership that ensures the protection and fulfilment of the rights of women to access information and optimal support for breastfeeding.   The WBTi assessment … Continue reading Australia: Report Card 2018

Background on Australia’s breastfeeding commitments   

  The international community has been calling for the protection, promotion and support for breastfeeding as a human right for decades and the Australian community has supported, signed up to or endorsed every single one of these international agreements, strategies and human rights conventions.   The transition from endorsement to legislation and action, though, is … Continue reading Background on Australia’s breastfeeding commitments   

The 10 WBTi Indicators for Policies and Programs

World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) - What are countries assessed on? “The World Health Assembly (WHA) and the UNICEF Executive Board adopted the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding in the year 2002. The Global Strategy has a framework of action on 10 indicators of policy and programs to improve optimal breastfeeding and … Continue reading The 10 WBTi Indicators for Policies and Programs

10 things you need to ask about women in Australia right now.

Image found: https://goo.gl/znMg9x Do policies and programs in Australia respect, protect and fulfil the rights of women and children to access information and support for health and nutrition: through policies and programs that recognise the economic and cultural value of raising children; through the provision of unobstructed access to evidence-based woman-centred care in the health system; … Continue reading 10 things you need to ask about women in Australia right now.

Indicator 3 – Sowing the Seeds of Doubt

Ever allowed yourself the fantasy that just one spritz of perfume was going to whisk you into a black and white Parisian romance or that by eating one bite of a breakfast cereal and you’d be a star athlete? It’s no secret that corporations have one goal - to sell their product. To do so … Continue reading Indicator 3 – Sowing the Seeds of Doubt

Indicator 6 – Mother-to-Mother Support and Community Outreach

Indicator 6 of the WBTi provides a score for Mother Support and Community Outreach - Community- based support for the pregnant and breastfeeding mother. It asks if there are systems in place to protect, promote and support optimal infant and young child feeding through evidence-based public health policies, health providers and particularly the support of … Continue reading Indicator 6 – Mother-to-Mother Support and Community Outreach