Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

The international code of marketing of breast-milk substitutes

Frequently asked questions

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 11
Publication date: 2006 - Updated 2008
Languages: English
ISBN: 9241594292; 9789241594295



In 1981, Member States of the World Health Organization adopted the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, with the aim to protect, promote and support appropriate infant and young child feeding practices. The adoption of the Code was a key milestone in global efforts to improve breastfeeding, and countries have taken action to implement and monitor the Code and subsequent relevant Health Assembly resolutions.

This booklet of Frequently Asked Questions aims to increase awareness and understanding of how the Code can help to ensure that mothers and caregivers are able to make fully-informed choices of how best to feed their infants, free of commercial interest.