The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Infant Feeding & Inequalities works to bring together Members of Parliament (MP) to work together to improve infant feeding policies. Following the election in June 2017, it is necessary to reconvene the APPG – you can help bring this about if you are in the UK.

parliament2016Please ask your MP to attend the next meeting of the APPG on Tuesday 18 July 2017 from 1pm – 3pm in Committee Room 17. You can do so using the website http://www.writetothem.com/

Suggestions for your message are given below.

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The UK is committed to the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding, which aims to protect, promote and support breastfeeding and to ensure that parents who use breastmilk substitutes receive accurate, independent information. Implementing the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and subsequent, relevant Resolutions of the World Health Assembly forms part of the strategy and Baby Milk Action made a presentation on this on 17 May 2016, leading to action in Parliament that strengthened enforcement measures. See the presentation Mothers need support – not pressure.

The World Breastfeeding Trends initiative (WBTi) assesses progress in implementing the strategy and the first UK report was launched at the APPG on 15 November 2016.

The Global Strategy has not yet been fully implemented in the countries of the UK and the APPG will continue to explore the policy options, while hearing from experts on how these will contribute to improving infant and young child feeding practices, improving short and long-term health outcomes and reducing health inequalities.

If you are in the UK, please contact your MP. You can do so using the website http://www.writetothem.com/

You should write you own message explaining why you would like your MP to support the APPG. MPs tend to ignore identical messages. The key points are:

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Infant Feeding & Inequalities is very much needed to discuss how to support parents better with regard to infant and young child feeding.

All parents and carers have a right to accurate, independent information, however they feed their children. Action is needed to achieve this.

The next meeting for the APPG will be held on Tuesday 18 July 2017 from 1pm – 3pm in Committee Room 17 and is hosted by Alison Thewliss MP.

You can add information from your own experience explaining why you think this APPG is needed.

Please ask you MP to attend the meeting if possible and to add their name to join the group.

Simply go to the website http://www.writetothem.com/ then follow the instructions to contact your MP.

Please let us know if you receive a reply.

 

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