“The International Society of Social Pediatrics and Child Health (ISSOP), i n concert with collaborating national and international societies of pediatrics (www.ISSO P.org), condemns in the most robust terms possible American officials’ attempts at the World Health Assembly to stop global collaboration to protect, promote and support breastmilk feeding. Breastmilk feeding is recognized as among the most effective health promoting measures to advance infant and child health. (https://www.issop.org/2008/02/01/essopposition-statem ent-2/)


In combination with the separation of children from their parents at the US border with Mexico (https://www.issop.org/2018/06/26/issop-response-us-governments-separa tion-families- violation-child-human-rights/), these policies represent a reprehensible global assault on the health and well-being of infants and children. We call on all public and priivate sector

individuals and organizations to register their concerns with their governments and with the U.S. Government; and for the dismissal of US policy makers connected with these decisions.


We also call on all national and international pediatric organizations and stakeholders in infant health and well-being to review and renew their support for the International Code on Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes; as well as their policies related to receiving support from formula companies—that inevitably create serious conflicts of interest. (https://www.issop.org/2014/04/24/issop-position-statement-4/)

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Endorsing organizations (alphabetical order):

  1. Associazione Culturale Pediatri, Italy
  2. ECDtf   Early Childhood Development Task Force
  3. German Society of Tropical Pediatrics and International Child Health
  4. German Society of Tropical Surgery (DCT)
  5. Global Partners United
  7. PECDDR   Partnership for Early Childhood Development & Disability Rights
  8. Society for Social Pediatrics in Turkey