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The decline in breastfeeding accelerated after World War II, in part because of greater contact between Western health-care personnel and populations in developing countries, and in part because relief projects shipped to wartorn countries the surplus of skim milk, produced in abundance by the large dairy industry in the United States. Between 1976 and 1977, 42 transnational companies manufactured, distributed, and marketed infant milk products in four countries surveyed: Ethiopia, Nigeria, India, and the Philippines (WHO, 1981).

No gifts or personal samples to health workers. No words or pictures idealizing artificial feeding, including pictures of infants, on the products. Information to health workers should be scientific and factual. forbids its advertisement or free distribution directly to consumers. ) The code also seeks to balance the information provided by infant milk manufacturers, in both written “educational” material and in the text or pictures on containers of the product (Armstrong, 1988; IBFAN/IOCU, 1985).

One of the earliest examples was set in around 350 BC by Lycurgus, the king of Sparta: he required not only that mothers nurse their own infants, but that nursing mothers be shown kindness and respect (Hymanson, 1934). During the past decade, breastfeeding legislation on the state level has chipped away at the US bottle-feeding culture in an attempt to encourage a breastfeeding culture. The Breastfeeding Promotion Act, introduced into Congress in 2001 to protecting women from being discriminated against in the workplace for pumping milk or breastfeeding, is an example.

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