The Infant Feeding Action Coalition (INFACT) Canada and INFACT Quebec need your help.
We urge you to sign the petition below for action on improving breastfeeding support for mothers and babies across Canada. We will deliver the signatures directly to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Breastfeeding is the unequalled and normal way to feed babies. Although early, exclusive and sustained breastfeeding is recommended for mothers and children by the World Health Organization and Health Canada, many Canadian women terminate breastfeeding early because of lack of needed supports. Recently, the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research (http://www.wcrf.org/) have also added their voices to the need to strengthen societal supports to enable mothers and children to breastfeed as recommended. It is time for our governments to listen to all the evidence why the support for breastfeeding is essential. Action is necessary and includes the implementation of a strategy based on respect for
Join INFACT Canada and INFACT Quebec and sign on to the “protect breastfeeding petition” at http://protectbreastfeedingpetition.ca/. You can make a difference for mothers and children, sign the petition, share the petition and join us for a better world for all of us.
INFACT Canada is a non-profit, national organization, the North American coordinating office for the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN). INFACT Canada and INFACT Quebec work to protect, promote and support breastfeeding for all mothers and children.
Dear Prime Minister Stephen Harper:
Breastfeeding is the most important nutrition and immunology for infants and young children, and has a life long impact on health outcomes such as cancer, obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
The World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research have released a report “Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention” (February 2009) in which they recommend that mothers breastfeed their children and that children be breastfed to reduce the incidence of cancer.
The report highlights the fact that breastfeeding is the most convincing evidence for the prevention of breast cancer compared to other interventions. For children breastfeeding protects against overweight and obesity, and therefore against cancers the risk of which is increased by excess body fat.
To achieve improved breastfeeding practices for Canadian mothers and children and the important cancer reduction outcomes associated with breastfeeding, we/I urge you to act to implement the evidence-based policy recommendations made to governments by the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research to:
Incorporate into law or appropriate public health and consumer protection rules, the UN International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and relevant World Health Assembly resolutions to restrict the advertising of breastmilk substitutes, and weaning foods.
Heavy advertising and marketing of infant formula discourages breastfeeding. Voluntary approaches to limit this have been ineffective. Where voluntary agreements fail, regulation is needed, especially to protect the health of vulnerable groups.
Incorporate the UN Global Strategy on Infant and Young Child Feeding as a comprehensive strategy for the support and protection of breastfeeding. Provide leadership and support to the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Initiative.
WE/I look forward to positive action on the protection of breastfeeding as an effective means for the prevention of cancer.
The Canadian Breastfeeding Protection Petition is brought to you by Infant Feeding Action Coalition (INFACT) Canada. Visit us on our website: www.infactcanada.ca.