Mr. Herb Breau (Gloucester):
Madam Speaker, I wish to urge the Government to develop and implement, in co-operation with the Provinces, Canadian programs consistent with the thrust of the international code of marketing of breast milk substitutes adopted in May, 1981, by the member countries of the World Health Organization.
Recently a UNICEF Report indicated that, in developing countries, the difference between breast milk and bottled milk can mean the difference between life and death. It warns that bottle-fed babies are between three and five times more likely to suffer from malnutrition than breast-fed babies. It indicates a decline in breast-feeding in Third World countries which it says is condemning thousands of babies to tragic deaths. In a lot of countries this is becoming more and more of a trend.
I urge the Government, in co-operation with the Provinces, to support those organizations, those international fora which want to encourage breast-milk feeding in Third World countries.
Subtopic: ENCOURAGEMENT OF BREAST-FEEDING IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES