We support the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendation of exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of an infant's life, and that infants receive safe and appropriate complementary foods with continued breastfeeding up to two years of age and beyond.
However, we also believe that if mothers are unable to breastfeed, for medical or other reasons, then they should have access to a safe and nutritious alternative.
The WHO recognises that infant formula has a legitimate role to play in such circumstances. It is the only recognised alternative which can allow mothers to provide vital nutrition that supports the rapid mental and physical development that occurs during their child's early years.
The WHO Code for the Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes (WHO Code) aims to contribute to the provision of safe and adequate nutrition for infants by protecting and promoting breastfeeding and ensuring the proper use of breast-milk substitutes if necessary.
Fonterra supports the aim and intent of the WHO Code and complies with relevant country industry codes and legislation in all countries where our products formulated for infants and young children are sold.
Responsible Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes
Fonterra’s Commitments to the WHO Code
Position Marketing of Product Formulated for the 1-3-year Age Group
Infant Nutrition Council Code of Practice for the Marketing of Infant Formula in New Zealand