Funding policies

World Health Assembly Resolution 49.15, adopted in 1996, calls for measures: "to ensure that the financial support for professionals working in infant and young child health does not create conflicts of interest."
Member organisations are encouraged to publish their policies on accepting sponsorship and these are being added to this site.
Member Organisations' funding policies

Baby Milk Action, (secretariat):

Accepts no commercial funding

Breastfeeding Network:

"The Breastfeeding Network will not enter into any relationship with any person, company or association with a commercial interest in infant feeding, even if they are not covered in the Code and Resolutions."

The BfN Funding Policy is available on its website - click here.

Lactation Consultants of Great Britain

Extract: "LCGB only accepts sponsorships from commercial companies in the following circumstances:

  • Publishers and providers of educational material in the field of lactation.
  • Providers of lactation education and training
  • Individual IBCLCs advertising their lactation support services."
"This may be provided through advertisement on our website, in our newsletter Treasure Chest or at stalls at LCGB organised conferences and study days."
and: "LCGB does not accept or seek funds, donations, gift or sponsorships from organisations or companies who do not comply with the WHO International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitute."


"Excluded from sponsorship: Formula milk manufacturers and follow-on milk manufacturers... Bottle and teat manufacturers, where the brand name is primarily associated with bottles and teats."

Full the NCT Sponsorship, Commercial Relationships and Advertising Policy (SCRAP).

Royal College of Nurses:

"When weighing up whether or not to accept funding from commercial organisations, grant making bodies or individuals, the following should be considered: the nature/ public perception of the organisation or individual; if a commercial organisation, the nature of its products, the means used to promote the product or the consequences of these processes should be considered."

From the Socially Responsible Income Generation and Investment policy, July 2003.