The World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) is a global network of individuals
& organisations concerned with the protection, promotion & support of breastfeeding worldwide.
WABA action is based on the Innocenti Declaration, the Ten Links for Nurturing the Future and the
Global Strategy for Infant & Young Child Feeding. WABA is in consultative status with UNICEF & an NGO
in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC).
A special tribute Senator Edward Kennedy

Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy
(February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009)
Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009)[1][2] was a United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. In office from November 1962 until his death, Kennedy served nine terms in the Senate. At the time of his death, he was the second most senior member of the Senate, and the third-longest-serving senator in U.S. history. He was best known as one of the most outspoken and effective Senate proponents of liberal causes and bills. For many years the most prominent living member of the Kennedy family, he was the son of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., the youngest brother of President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, both victims of assassinations, and the father of Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy.

(source : wikipedia)

Senator Edward Kennedy played really important role for the breastfeeding movement. I was the second person to testify on the first day of his Senate committee hearings following the Reagan administration's negative vote on the Code in Geneva. He skillfully got this issue to the senate floor where a large majority including many Republicans vote a sense of the Senate to deplore the US vote in Geneva. He had genuine concern, and really cared. I also served on a mission to Africa for his Senate Health Committee to make recommendations following the Sahel famine. Again at the Hearings in Washington Kennedy illustrated his compassion, and was always so unassuming, and easy to talk to.
We need to honor his memory.

in sadness at his passing,
Michael Latham
Co-Chair, WABA International Advisory Council.

  • Senator Edward Kennedy and the Breastfeeding Movement – a tribute
    full article here
    -excerpts from “The Politics of Baby Foods. Successful challenges to an international marketing strategy” by Andrew Chetley.

  • Senate Hearings on Infant Formula
    On May 23, 1978, the U.S. senate Health and Scientific Research subcommittee held hearings on the use and promotion of artificial baby formulas in developing countries. Senator Edward M. Kennedy chaired the four-hour investigatory hearing, and he outlined its purpose with the question: "Can a product which requires clean water, good sanitation, adequate family income and a literate parent to follow printed instructions be properly and safely used in areas where water is contaminated, sewage runs in the streets, poverty is serve and illiteracy is high?"
    full article here
    -- The Breastfeeding Movement: A Sourcebook.WABA

  • Role of Infant-Formula Makers in Developing Nations Hit. (pdf)

  • Remembering Senator Edward Kennedy's role in protecting infant health from Nestlé and others. (babymilkaction press release)

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