Articles on Codex

Russ K, Baker P, Byrd M, et al. What you don’t know about the Codex can hurt you: how trade policy trumps global health governance in infant and young child nutrition. International Journal of Health Policy and Management 2021; 10(12): 983-97.

Baker et al. Globalization and Health (2021) 17:58.

Codex. Advocacy at Work During the Codex Committee on Food Labelling Meeting


Articles on Ultra-Processed Foods

Premature Deaths Attributable to the Consumption of Ultraprocessed Foods in Brazil 

American Journal of Preventive Medicine  10.1016/j.amepre.2022.08.013 2022) 

This New study shows that increased consumption of UPF was associated with more than 10% of all-cause premature, preventable deaths in Brazil in 2019, although Brazilians consume far less of these products than countries with high incomes.

2022 Oct 5;379:e071767.   doi: 10.1136/bmj-2022-071767.

Maternal consumption of ultra-processed foods and subsequent risk of offspring overweight or obesity: results from three prospective cohort studies

The trouble with ultra-processed foods

BMJ 2022; 378 doi: (Published 31 August 2022)Cite this as: BMJ 2022;378:o1972

  1. Carlos A Monteiro, professor of public health nutrition1,
  2. Geoffrey Cannon, senior research fellow2


Contaminants and Residues in baby feeding products


IBFAN GIFA Contaminants and Residue website

Environment chemical and  microbiological contamination  of infant feeding products

Green Feeding – action  on climate change

Climate Change and Health

Valerie McClain’s Blogspot: Humanmilkpatentpending


Infant feeding in Emergency Tools 

IYCF-E Toolkit:

IYCF-E Curriculum: (English and Spanish versions are currently uploaded.  French will be uploaded very soon.  Stay tuned!)

IYCF-E Hub: 

And the newly released report:

Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies: Ten Years of Progress 

 Operational Guidance V3 OCT 2017


Bill Gates

How Bill Gates and partners used their clout to control the global Covid response — with little oversight

Four health organizations, working closely together, spent almost $10 billion on responding to Covid across the world. But they lacked the scrutiny of governments, and fell short of their own goals, a POLITICO and WELT investigation found. When Covid-19 struck, the governments of the world weren’t prepared. From America to Europe to Asia, they veered from minimizing the threat to closing their borders in ill-fated attempts to quell a viral spread that soon enveloped the world. While the most powerful nations looked inward, four non-governmental global health organizations began making plans for a life-or-death struggle against a virus that would know no boundaries.


Articles on Maternity Protection

The Conversation

Maternity protection for female non-standard workers in South Africa: the case of domestic workers


IBFAN Position Paper on Maternity Protection at Work.

Thanks to Elisabeth Sterken  and Maryse Arendt for this work.





STOP PRESS: Questioning the ethics of international research on formula milk supplementation in low-income African countries  Doherty et al. BMJ Global Health.

Global evidence of persistent violations of the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes: A systematic scoping review

Interviews in the Journal of Human Lactation (JHL)

Interviews by , IBCLC, BSEd with key IBFAN figures:

NEW!  Leah Margulies:   The Power of Consumer Activism: An Interview With Leah Margulies1 [Part 1].  An Interview with Leah Margulies (part 1)

The Power of Consumer Activism From the Kennedy Hearings to the International Code: An Interview With Leah Margulies (Part II). An Interview with Leah Margulies (part 2)

Marina Ferreira Rea: A Militant Doctor active in the Endless Fight for Breastfeeding
as a Human Right – A Luta Continua!

Patti Rundall: A Passionate Activist, Full of Energy  and permanent link for institutional Access:

Annelies Allain: Pioneer of the International Code of Marketing of  Breastmilk Substitutes 2018

Lida Lhotska and Judith Richter 2019: Protecting breastfeeding from conflicts of interest  December 9, 2019 Research Article , BSc, PhD, , MSc, MA, PhD  Still open!

Gabrielle Palmer 2021

Interviews by others:

Doug Johnson:  Advocacy, Strategy and Tactics Used to Confront Corporate Power: The Nestlé Boycott and International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes open

David Clark 2020: Defender of Human Rights and Breastfeeding
and David Lawson Clark, LLB [HONS] interviewed by Laurence M. Grummer-Strawn, MPA, MA, Ph

Felicity Savage King:2017

Larry 2017

Margaret Kyenkya 2020

History of IBFAN: Annelies

News of IBFAN: Betty Sterken 4 times a year

Doug Johnson Reprint of 1986  article  (2020). Confronting corporate power: Strategies and phases of the Nestle Boycott. Journal of Human Lactation,  (This article was previously published in Research in Corporate Social Performance and Policy, © 1986; 8: 323-344 by JAI Press Inc.)

Reply Annelies Allain

Reply Doug

Codex.  CCFL  Advocacy at Work During the Codex Committee on Food Labelling Meeting


Interference in public health policy : Baby food and Tobacco tactics.

World Nutrition Issue.  Vol 8 No 2 (2017)


Despite countries’ commitments to improve nutrition, starting with the protection of breastfeeding, aggressive marketing of breastmilk substitutes continues to promote their indiscriminate use. The baby food industry appears to use similar interference tactics as the tobacco industry to influence public health, promote their products and expand their markets.

Learning from the tobacco experience, this paper assesses whether the baby food industry uses any of the six tobacco industry interference tactics recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and summarizes examples of documented evidence.

We conclude that the baby food industry uses all six tactics: (1) manoeuvring to hijack the political and legislative process; (2) exaggerating economic importance of the industry; (3) manipulating public opinion to gain appearance of respectability; (4) fabricating support through front groups; (5) discrediting proven science; and (6) intimidating governments with litigation. There is abundant anecdotal evidence. Published evidence is limited and varies by tactic. Examples of interference are provided for the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Turkey, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Mexico and the United Kingdom, and most for Tactic 3.

Interference in public health policies shows commonalities between the two industries. The tobacco control movement offers a useful framework for classifying and addressing interference with public policy by the baby food industry. Revealing the depth and extent of interference used by the baby food industry is critical if countries are to counter interference and implement commitments to improve nutrition.



When the Sun casts a Shadow

Multi-stakeholder Partnerships: What are the risks?  The case of Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN)

SUN Spotlight_2019


SUN IBFAN 28.11.122


Dialogue or engineering of consent? Opportunities and risks of talking to industry by Judith Richter

For those interested in SUN – this evaluation about the SUN Business Network is revealing – showing no evidence of positive impact on those they claim to benefit.



Taking action now, worldwide – and from birth. First we need to talk about:

  • global heating – not global warming
  • climate emergency – not climate change

The UK and Ireland officially declared an environment and climate emergency in May 2019, followed by Canada declaring a national climate emergency in June 2019.

CLICK HERE for the carbon footprint report.









Tackling Obesity Schools Feb 12

Seeing through the Spin (Education pack)











Whistleblowing FSM

DHA Briefing










First Steps Nutrition Trust Briefings

Information for Food Banks, supporting pregnant women and families with infants.