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Profile of Central BPNI

Every mother has the right to know and practice the correct method of rearing her infant. All mothers are ready to adopt correct practices once knowledge is provided to them. The most important aspect of good rearing is good nourishment that is BREASTMILK. Mothers require information (Promotion) to successfully breastfeed their infants. These are precisely the objectives of BREASTFEEDING PROMOTION NETWORK OF INDIA.

BPNI is a non-profit, non-governmental, voluntary organisation that aims at protection, promotion, and support of breastfeeding. UNICEF and WABA fund BPNI activities. BPNI does not accept donation from the IMS industry.

BPNI was born on December 3, 1991 as the recommendation of a workshop on "Recent Advances in Human Lactation and Breastfeeding Management" organised by ACASH and held at Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram, Wardha, Maharashtra. BPNI is registered with the Registrar of Societies, Delhi, under the Societies Registration Act, XXI of 1860 as a registered society (No.S-23144 of 1992)

BPNI is also registered under the Foreign Exchange Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) 1976 (Reg. No 230650680 dated October 26, 1993) and permitted to receive contributions/grants from abroad.

BPNI is a broad-based organisation with paediatricians, obstetricians, nurses, mother support group, media persons and housewives as members. BPNI headquarter believe in networking, social mobilisation and empowerment of state level organisations. BPNI has five regional centres across India.

BPNI works as an alliance organisation bringing other professional organisations to work for the aims and objectives of BPNI.

BPNI endorses the innocenti declaration on protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding. The declaration was developed and adopted by policy makers from 32 governments, including India, and 10 UN agencies on 1st August 1990. The goals included a call for governments to act and create an environment enabling all women to practice exclusive breastfeeding of infants from birth to 4-6 months of age, and to continue breastfeeding with adequate complementary foods for up to two years.

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