has celebrated its 25th anniversary on
12th Oct 2004 at Costa Rica.
One of the most important words in IBFAN’s
name is action: the network is organised
as a social movement which draws its strength
from grass roots experience and pressure
for change. Individually and collectively
the community groups take action to secure
lasting improvements in infant and young
child feeding. The BF in IBFAN stands
for Baby Food and indicates its emphasis
on all foods promoted for babies from
birth to two years and beyond. The infant
food industry would love to see public
attention restricted to just “infant
formula” but IBFAN believes that
there are many other foods and drinks
which interfere with exclusive breastfeeding
and which stop a mother from breastfeeding
as long as she and her baby would like.
Recognition of IBFAN’s achievements
In 1998, IBFAN’s work was recognised
when the network became one of the four
recipients of the Right Livelihood Award,
also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize.
IBFAN was honoured “for its committed
and effective campaigning over nearly
20 years for the right of mothers to breastfeed
their babies free from the commercial
pressure and misinformation used by companies
to promote their breastmilk substitutes”.
Regional Coordinating Offices
IBFAN is divided
regionally with representatives from each
region making up the IBFAN Coordinating
Council (IBCoCo). Because of the occasionally
sensitive nature of our work, all enquiries
about IBFAN in a particular country must
go through the Regional Coordinating Offices
meetings are held about every 2 years
to enable groups to share experiences,
formulate policy and train each other.
Regional Representatives are elected at
these meetings to sit on the IBFAN Coordinating
Council (IBCoCo). IBCoCo also meets about
every 2 years to coordinate policy for
the global network.