THE INTERNATIONAL BABY FOOD ACTION NETWORK(IBFAN) was founded in 1979. It is a network of 273 groups in 168 countries. Member groups include consumer organisations, health workers associations, parents' groups and diversity of organizations in the social justice movement. It has also individual members. For example, the group in Canada and in United Kingdom have more than 1000 members each.Each group is autonomous and raises its own funds, with the assistance of IBFAN's Regional and Programme Coordinating Offices, in accordance with the Seven Principles of IBFAN.

IBFAN Asia, based on the seven guiding principles of IBFAN, seeks to protect infant health and enhance infant and young child development through programmes designed to increase national commitments and public pressure to do so, for protection, promotion and support of optimal breastfeeding and infant and young child feeding.

Seven principles of IBFAN

    1. Infants and young children everywhere to have the right to the highest attainable standard of health.
    2. Families, and in particular women and children, to have the right to access adequate and nutritious food and sufficient and affordable water.
    3. Women have the right to breastfeed and to make informed decisions about infant and young child feeding.
    4. Women have the right to full support to breastfeed for two years or more and to exclusively breastfeed for the first six months.
    5. All people have the right to access quality health care services and information free of commercial influence.
    6. Health workers and consumers have the right to be protected from commercial influence which may distort their judgment and decisions.
    7. People have the right to advocate for change, which protects, promotes and supports basic health, in international solidarity.

IBFAN Asia is one of the regional coordinating office (RCO) of IBFAN's global network which consists of 25 countries with 3 sub regions, South Asia, East Asia and Southeast Asia; each sub region being coordinated by the sub regional representative and overall coordination is done at the regional coordinating office in Delhi by BREASTFEEDING PROMOTION NETWORK OF INDIA( BPNI).


Regional coordinating office (RCO)
BP-33 Pitampura, Delhi 110088, INDIA
Phone:, 27343606, 42683059
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Contact Information

Regional Coordinator- IBFAN Asia

Dr. Arun Gupta MD FIAP
Member-Prime Minister's Council on India's Nutrition Challenges,
Chair, IBFAN Global Council,
Chair, global Breastfeeding Initiative for Child Survival(gBICS)
Convener-Alliance Against Conflict of Interest(AACI),
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Sub-regional Representative – IBFAN for South Asia

Dr. J P Dadhich MD (Paediatrics),FNNF, PG-DDN
National Coordinator,
Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI);
Co-coordinator, WABA Taskforce for Global Advocacy;
Regional Focal Point Coordinator for South Asia for WABA

Countries : Afghanistan, Bangladesh ,Bhutan ,India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

Sub-regional Representative -IBFAN for Southeast Asia

Ma Ines Av Fernandez
Executive Director, ARUGAAN

Countries : Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei ,Thailand ,Singapore, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, East Timor

Sub-regional Representative – IBFAN for East Asia

Kim JaiOk
President & Co-Chair
Consumer’s Korea & Korea Breastfeeding Network

Countries : China, Hong Kong China ,South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Mongolia