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Guiding Principles

The Breastfeeding Manifesto Coalition looks forward to a society where:

  • Women feel enabled to initiate and continue breastfeeding for as long as they wish
  • Parents are supported to make informed choices about feeding their babies
  • Everyone is aware of the significant benefits associated with breastfeeding

Aims

The Breastfeeding Manifesto was produced in 2006 by over twenty UK organisations working to improve awareness of the health benefits of breastfeeding and its role in reducing health inequalities.

The aim of the Breastfeeding Manifesto Coalition is to achieve widespread cross-party support for the Breastfeeding Manifesto, and to ensure that its principles are reflected in government policy and legislation in the UK.

Specifically, the Coalition’s aim is to ensure that the Manifesto is adopted by all of the UK’s main political parties by the time of the next General Election.

Coalition Members

Since the idea for the Manifesto was born in the Summer of 2006, more than 30 organisations have added their support to the Breastfeeding Manifesto and in doing so have joined the Breastfeeding Manifesto Coalition. 

Coalition members are listed below in alphabetical order. 

If you are part of a not-for-profit organisation that would like to find out about joining our growing coalition please email: info@breastfeedingmanifesto.org.uk

 

 Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
The Royal College of Obstetriians and Gynaecolgists (RCOG) encourages the study and advancement of the science and practice of obstetrics and gynaecology. We do this through postgraduate medical education and training development, and the publication of clinical guidelines and reports on aspects of the specialty and service provision. The RCOG International Office works with other international organisations to help lower maternal morbidity and mortality in under-resourced countries.

Address: The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecoligists, 27 Sussex Place, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4RG
Tele: 02077726200   Fax: 02077730575
Email Address: info@rcog.org.uk
Website: http://www.rcog.org.uk

Association of Breastfeeding Mothers Association of Breastfeeding Mothers
ABM is a voluntary organisation founded in 1979 by a group of mothers experienced in breasfeeding councelling. ABM aims to promote the physical and psychological health of mothers and children through education in the techniques of breastfeeding. It also aims to advance the education of the public by informing them of the immediate and long term health benefits of breastfeeding.

Address: ABM, PO Box 207, BRIDGWATER, Somerset, TA6 7YT
Tele: 0870 401 7711  
Email Address: info@abm.me.uk
Website: http://www.abm.me.uk

Baby Feeding Law Group Baby Feeding Law Group
The Baby Feeding Law Group works to bring UK baby food laws into line with international regulations by complying with the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, which is an indispensable tool used to protect and promote breastfeeding.

Address: 23 St Andrew's Street, Cambridge, CB2 3AX
Tele: +44 (0)1223 464420   Fax: +44(0)1223464420
Email Address: bflg@babymilk.action.org
Website: http://www.babyfeedinglawgroup.org.uk

Baby Milk Action Baby Milk Action
Baby Milk Action is a non-profit organisation which aims to save lives and to end the avoidable suffering caused by inappropriate infant feeding. Baby Milk Action works within a global network to strengthen independent, transparent and effective controls on the marketing of the baby feeding industry.

Address: 34 Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1QY, United Kingdon
Tele: +44 1123 464 420  
Email Address:
Website: http://www.babymilkaction.org

Best Beginnings Best Beginnings
Best Beginnings is committed to breaking down inequalties in the first year of life. Best Beginnings first phase project is to work to increase breastfeeding rates in the UK. It was Best Beginnings that formed the Breastfeeding Manifesto Coalition and is driving the Coalition work forward.

Address:
Tele: 0208 830 5576  
Email Address: alison@bestbeginnings.info
Website: http://www.bestbeginnings.info

Biological Nurturing Biological Nurturing
Biological Nurturing developed from Dr. Suzanne Colson's observations of mothers who enjoy breastfeeding as a new approach towards counteracting low breastfeeding rates and bad press associated with breastfeeding through the use of a 'back to the future' approach. The scientific results from Dr.Colson's research are expected to turn many breastfeeding assumptions on their head by offering new ways of looking at and approaching breastfeeding.

Address:
Tele:   
Email Address: sdc8@canterbury.ac.uk
Website: http://www.biologicalnurturing.com

Birthlight Birthlight
The Birthlight Trust is an educational charity that promotes an integrated, holistic approach to pregnancy, birth and babyhood. Its main objective is to enhance well being and enjoyment for parents and their babies before and after birth. The application of simple yoga-based body movements, breathing techniques and relaxation, both on land and in water, has proved beneficial and is reaching increasing numbers of parents and professional carers, educators and instructors.

Address: Birthlight, PO Box 148, Cambridge, CB4 2GB
Tele: (+44) 01223 362288   Fax: (+44) 01223 362501
Email Address: enquiries@birthlight.com
Website: http://www.birthlight.com

BLISS BLISS
BLISS was established 27 years ago by a group of concerned parents and has since developed into the leading national charity working in the field of caring for premature babies. Whilst advances in technology have resulted in more babies surviving there are chronic shortages of specialist nurses to provide the care. Some mothers and babies are transported hundreds of miles just to find a cot in a neonatal unit with the right facilities. BLISS therefore campaigns for improvements in neonatal care and works to support parents and families through a wide range of support and information services.

Address: 2nd & 3rd Floors, 9 Holyrood Street, London Bridge, London SE1 2EL
Tele: +44 (0)20 7378 1122   Fax: +44 (0)20 7403 0673
Email Address: information@bliss.org.uk
Website: http://www.bliss.org.uk

Bosom Buddies Bosom Buddies
Gateshead 'Bosom Buddies' are local women who have received training by professionals and La Leche League of Great Britain, in order to support other mothers who are breastfeeding. Bosom Buddies run groups throughout Gateshead for pregnant women and breastfeeding mums. Breastpumps and nursing bras are for sale at reduced rates at these groups. We also have a phoneline for breastfeeding support and information.

Address: Deckham Children's Centre, NE9 5PA
Tele: 0191 433 6300  
Email Address:
Website: http://www.bosombuddiesgateshead.org.uk

Breastfeeding Network Breastfeeding Network
The BFN is a recognised Scottish charity which aims to provide a support network and act as an information source for breasteeding women and others. BFN aims to promote a greater understanding of breasfeeding by providing information on getting started and by covering the health considerations of breastfeeding.

Address: The Breastfeeding Network, PO BOX 11126, Paisley, PA2 8YB
Tele: 0870 900 8787  
Email Address: email@breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk
Website: http://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk

Childfriendly Places Childfriendly Places
Our Child Friendly Directory provides a comprehensive list of places in the UK that welcome children and families

Address: 29 McIntyre Road, Worcester, WR2 5LG
Tele:   
Email Address: info@childfriendlyplaces.co.uk
Website: http://www.childfriendlyplaces.co.uk

CPHVA CPHVA
The Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association is the UK's leading professional organisation for health visitors, school nurses and community nurses working in primary care. The Amicus/CPHVA is a section of the Amicus trade union which has 100,000 members working in the health sector.

Address: Wrexham Local Health Board, Ty'R Gloch,Toptalwrn,Denby Lane ,Coedpoeth
Tele: 01978 346 542  
Email Address: angela.roberts@wrexhamlhb.nhs.uk
Website: http://www.amicus-cphva.org

Fatherhood Institute Fatherhood Institute
The Fatherhood Institute is the UK think tank on fatherhood, researching the evidence on the impact of fathers on outcomes for children, mothers and the wider family, and analysing the policy and legal framework needed to support positive father-child relationships. Evidence shows that breast feeding is more likely to be successfully sustained if the Father understands the importance of breastfeeding and is involved in caring for the baby.

Address: Standby House, 9 Neville Street, Abergavenny, NP7 5AA
Tele: 0845 634 1328  
Email Address: mail@fatherhoodinstitute.org
Website: http://www.fatherhoodinstitute.org/

Independent Midwives Association Independent Midwives Association


Address: 20 Westfield Road, Abbingdon, oxfordshire, OX14 4RF
Tele: 0870 850 7539  
Email Address: information@independentmidwives.org.uk
Website: http://www.independentmidwives.org.uk

La Leche League Great Britain La Leche League Great Britain
La Leche League aims to help mothers to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

Address: La Leche League Great Britain, PO Box 29, West Bridgford Nottingham NG2 7NP
Tele: 0845 456 1855  
Email Address: admin@laleche.org.uk
Website: http://www.laleche.org.uk

Lactation Consultants of Great Britain Lactation Consultants of Great Britain
An International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, giving support to breastfeeding families. We welcome Associate Members who are not IBCLC, but support our aims. Many of us are employed in the health care system as midwives, neonatal nurses, or health visitors. Others work as breastfeeding counsellors in organisations like the National Childbirth Trust, La Leche League, the Breastfeeding Network or the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers. Some are in specialist hospital or community posts such as Infant Feeding Advisers or Breastfeeding Co-ordinators.

Address: LCGB, P.O. Box 56, Virginia Water, GU25 4WB.
Tele:   
Email Address: info@lcgb.org
Website: http://www.lcgb.org/

Little Angels Little Angels
Little Angels breastfeeding support is a community business that employs mothers from the local community to support breastfeeding mothers. We run 9 breastfeeding support groups, including a daily support group on the post natal wards at the maternity unit. ALL breastfeeding mothers within Blackburn with Darwen borough and Hyndburn are assigned a Little Angel to support them with breastfeeding. We also run a 24 hour telephone support line and a breastfeeding drop in centre in Darwen. We also deliver breastfeeding training to peer supporters, mothers and health professionals. Little Angels – Making Breastfeeding Fashionable.

Address:
Tele: 01254 772929  
Email Address: info@littleangels.org.uk
Website: www.littleangels.org.uk

Maternity Action Maternity Action
Maternity Action is a national charity working to end inequality and promote wellbeing for pregnant women, new mothers and their families. Maternity Action campaigns on employment rights, reducing poverty and social exclusion and improving access to health care. Maternity Action provides web-based information on employment rights and benefits.

Address: The Grayston Centre, 28 Charles Square, London N1 6HT
Tele: 020 7324 4740  
Email Address: info@maternityaction.org.uk
Website: http://www.maternityaction.org.uk

MIDIRS MIDIRS
The Midwife Information and Resource Service is an educational charity that aims to be the leading international information resource relating to childbirth and infancy, disseminating information as widely as possible to assist in the improvement of maternity care.

Address: MIDIRS, 9 Elmdale Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1SL United Kingdom
Tele: 0800 581 009   Fax: 0117 925 1792
Email Address: digest@midirs.org
Website: http://www.midirs.org

NCT NCT
NCT is the leading charity for pregnancy, birth and parenting in the UK. Every year we support thousands of people through this incredible life-changing experience, offering relevant information, reassurance and mutual support. As a charity, our funding comes from more than 100,000 members across the UK, fees and fundraising. Our strength comes from our volunteers, who work through our network of branches providing local services, training and evidence-based information for parents.

Address: Alexandra House, Oldham Terrace, Acton, London, W3 6NH
Tele: 0870 770 3236   Fax: 0870 770 3237
Email Address: enquiries@nct.org.uk
Website: http://www.nct.org.uk/

Royal College of General Practitioners Royal College of General Practitioners
The Royal College of General Practitioners 14 Princes Gate Hyde Park London SW7 1PU

Address: The Royal College of General Practitioners, 14 Princes Gate Hyde Park London SW7 1PU
Tele: 0845 456 4041   Fax: +44 020 7225 3047
Email Address: info@rcgp.org.uk
Website: http://www.rcgp.org.uk

Royal College of Midwives Royal College of Midwives
The RCM is the only trade union and professional organisation run by midwives for midwives. It is the voice of midwifery, providing excellence in professional leadership, education, influence and representation for and on behalf of midwives. The Royal College of Midwives seeks to inform and influence the development of policy that affects both midwives and the women and children for whom they care. The RCM works with members of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords as well as the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, the Northern Ireland Assembly (currently in suspension), the Greater London Authority, and the institutions of the European Union.

Address: Royal College of Midwives, 15 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NH
Tele: +44 (0)20 7312 3535   Fax: +44(0)20 7312 3536
Email Address: info@rcm.org.uk
Website: http://www.rcm.org.uk

Royal College of Nursing Royal College of Nursing
With a membership of over a third of a million, the RCN is the largest professional association and union of nursing staff and students in the UK and is an influential voice for nursing at home and abroad. The RCN represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policy. interests on a wide range of issues by. The RCN campaigns on behalf of its members and the people they care for working closely with the Government, parliament, unions, professional bodies and voluntary organisations, and is a leading player in the development of nursing policy and practice, and standards of care.

Address: 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN
Tele: 020 7647 3739   Fax: 020 7647 3431
Email Address: carolyn.basak@rcn.org.uk
Website: www.rcn.org.uk

Save the Children UK Save the Children UK
Save the Children fights for children in the UK and around the world who suffer from poverty, disease, injustice and violence. Save the children works to find lifelong answers to the problems children face. Save the Children lobbies internationally and nationally for policies and funding to solve the crisis in healthcare. Save the Children aims to tackle multiple causes of malnutrition ad aims to bring about reductions in child malnutrition.

Address: 1 St. John's Lane, London EC1M 4AR
Tele: +44 (0)20 7012 6400   Fax: +44(0)20 7012 6963
Email Address: supporter.care@savethechildren.org.uk
Website: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk

The Baby Café Charitable Trust The Baby Café Charitable Trust
The Baby Café Charitable Trust co-ordinates a network of branded drop-in centres which support breastfeeding mothers, because we believe that every breastfeeding mum deserves free, top quality help and support. A Baby Café drop-in centre is generally open once a week and set out with coffee tables, comfy sofas and play areas for accompanying toddlers. All pregnant or breastfeeding mums are welcome to drop in at any time during opening hours. No appointment is necessary and partners, supporters and health professionals are also welcome. Help is available on all aspects of breastfeeding and its impact on daily life - from starting to stopping and all the variations in between.

Address: The Baby Café Charitable Trust, PO Box 640, Haywards Heath RH17 5WS
Tele:   
Email Address: admin@thebabycafe.org
Website: admin@thebabycafe.org

The British Dietetic Association The British Dietetic Association
The British Dietetic Association, established in 1936, is the professional association for dietitians. The association was established to: advance the science and practice of dietetics and associated subjects, promote training and education in the science and practice of dietetics and associated subjects and to regulate the relations between dietitians and their employer through the BDA Trade Union.

Address: British Dietetic Association, 5th Floor, Charles House, 148/9 Great Charles Street Queensway, Birmingham B3 3HT
Tele: 0121 200 8080   Fax: 0121 200 8081
Email Address: info@bda.uk.com
Website: http://www.bda.uk.com

The Food Commission The Food Commission
Good food should be tasty, nutritious and safe to eat – and yet our food a major cause of preventable diseases such as obesity, cancer and strokes. The Food Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which investigates these issues and campaigns via the Food Magazine for safer, healthier food in the UK. Good nutrition should start from birth, which is why it is so essential that breast feeding be encouraged and why The Food Commission strongly supports the Breastfeeding Manifesto.

Address: 94 White Lion Street, London N1 9PF
Tele: 020 7837 2250  
Email Address: info@foodcomm.org.uk
Website: http://www.foodcomm.org.uk

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health is one of the Medical Royal Colleges. They have a major role in postgraduate medical education and professional standards: setting syllabuses for postgraduate training in paediatrics, overseeing the training, running examinations, organising courses and conferences, issuing guidance and conducting research

Address: 5-11 Theobalds Road, London, WC1x 8SH
Tele: 020 7092 6000   Fax: 020 7092 6001
Email Address: enquiries@rcpch.ac.uk
Website: http://www.rcpch.ac.uk

The United Kingdom Association for Milk Banking The United Kingdom Association for Milk Banking
The United Kingdom Association for Milk Banking is a registered charity established to promote human milk banking, provide a forum for the exchange of information, set standards and regularly review guidelines. The UKAMB logo, Every Drop Counts, reflects the organsiation's belief that appropriately screened and processed donor human milk has an important role in the nutrition and care of preterm and sick infants when the mother's own milk is insufficient or not available.

Address: -
Tele: 0208 383 3559   Fax: -
Email Address: info@ukamb.org
Website: http://www.ukamb.org

UNICEF UK UNICEF UK
UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. UNICEF is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and strives to establish children's rights as enduring ethical principles and international standards of behaviour towards children. The UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative was launched in 1994 to encourage maternity hospitals to implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and to practise in accordance with the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. The Baby Friendly Initiative works with the health-care system to ensure a high standard of care for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers and babies. They provide support for health-care facilities that are seeking to implement best practice, and offer an assessment and accreditation process that recognises those that have achieved the required standard.

Address: UNICEF UK, UNICEF House, 30a Great Sutton Street, London EC1V 0DU
Tele: 0844 801 2414   Fax: 020 7250 1733
Email Address: ParliamentaryTeam@unicef.org.uk
Website: http://www.unicef.org.uk

UNISON UNISON
UNISON is Britain's biggest trade union with more than 1.3 million members working in the public services – 1 million of them women. Women still earn less than men, face sex discrimination and harassment at work. Our members juggle work and home commitments, many have caring responsibilities and almost half work part-time. UNISON takes a lead on negotiating and campaigning on women's rights at work and in the community – including supporting mothers who wish to continue breastfeeding when they return to work after childbirth.

Address: 1 Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9AJ
Tele: 0845 355 0845  
Email Address: women@unison.co.uk
Website: http://www.unison.org.uk

Women’s Environmental Network Women’s Environmental Network
Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) is a unique, vital and innovative campaigning organisation, which represents women and campaigns on issues, which link women, environment and health. Formed in 1988, it is a registered charity and membership organisation that depends on its members, donations and limited grant support for survival. Central to WEN's approach is the belief that women have the right to information to enable them to make fair choices. We also believe a precautionary approach is healthiest for people and the planet.

Address: Women's Environmental Network (WEN), PO Box 30626, London E1 1TZ
Tele: 020 7481 9004   Fax: 020 7481 9144
Email Address: info@wen.org.uk
Website: http://www.wen.org.uk

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