Government approves draft law on breastfeeding
11 APRIL 2014: The law department has given approval to draft the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Protection of Breastfeeding and Child Nutrition (amended) Act 2013. The proposed law for one of Pakistan’s four provinces, makes the manufacturers of formula milk bound to seek permission for marketing and sale of their products and awards penalties to health workers for prescribing bottled or packaged milk and its products to the people.
The law calls for campaigns to spread the message that infants should be breastfed for two years because it will increase their immunity against childhood diseases. The government will be responsible for ensuring that the job description of the health workers covers effective promotion of breastfeeding.
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