2016 Food policy

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, par. 16 and par. 17 (2016)

Text of the recommendation

16. Breastfeeding is a powerful influence on child survival and development and prevention of child malnutrition. It provides optimal nutrition for young infants, reducing the incidence and severity of infectious diseases and contributing to obesity prevention. Breastfed babies are protected from illnesses through the mother’s antibodies, while those who are not are exposed to increased chances of malnutrition, non-communicable diseases and suboptimal cognitive development. In addition, infant formula and other breast milk substitutes can cause poor growth or illness if water quality and hygiene standards are not met.

17. One of the major obstacles to breastfeeding is the misleading marketing by baby food companies of breast milk substitutes and the lack of corporate accountability for the adverse consequences of such abuses.


Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Interim Report on the right to food, A/71/282, (2016). Par. 16, 17. Available at: https://undocs.org/A/71/282