Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI) was founded on 3rd December,1991 atWardha, Maharashtra.BPNI is a registered, independent,nonprofit,national organization;working towards protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding and appropriate complementary feeding of infants & young children.BPNI acts on the targets of Innocenti Declarations, Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC),International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes,and the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding (WHO 2002).

BPNI's core areas of work include policy advocacy to educate policy makers and managers,training of health workers, capacity building of State governments for implementing the policy,social mobilization duringWorld BreastfeedingWeek (WBW) each year and monitoring compliance with the“Infant Milk Substitutes,Feeding Bottles and Infant Foods (Regulation of Production, Supply and Distribution)Act 1992 and Amendment Act 2003 (IMSAct).

BPNI is notified in the Gazette of India as a child welfare NGO to initiate action under section 21(1) of the IMS Act for officially monitoring and implementing IMSAct since 1995

Over the years BPNI has played the role of a watchdog organization and exposed several big baby food brands on how they undermined the IMS Act.

BPNI coordinates and facilitates the education and training of grassroots personnel in the health and nutrition sector and private hospitals through skilled counseling as a sustainable support to mother-baby dyads. Our training alliances include the National Health Mission (NHM) and Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS).BPNI training courses are self-sustained.

BPNI works in close liaison with the Government of India and is recognized for its technical expertise and credible standing on the issues & concerns of child health and nutrition.BPNI's contribution in earlier five years plans documents and restructuring of ICDS mission document for Government of India are golden feathers in its cap.BPNI holds major contribution in the development of the National Guidelines on Infant and young Child Feeding (2004 and 2006) and Operational Guidelines for Enhancing Optimal Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices (2013). Latest among these are guidelines for 'MAA' programme wherein BPNI provided crucial inputs.BPNI is the technical partner to country's very first nationwide programme“MAA-Mother's AbsoluteAffection” for breastfeeding promotion launched by Honorable Health & Family Welfare Minister Sh. Jagat Prakash Nadda on 5th August 2016.

Other than the government, BPNI has been working in partnership with development partners like WHO, UNICEF, World Bank, Norwegian and Swedish Governments.

 

BPNI's Vision and Mission Statement

Vision 

BPNI is viewed as the last word in protecting breastfeeding from commercial influence as well as recognized as a global leader in providing impetus to the breastfeeding movement through innovative and sustainable approaches.

Mission 

BPNI seeks to work towards optimal nutrition of women and children, especially on enhancing breastfeeding rates in the country through countering commercial influence, capacity building of health and nutrition care providers, advocacy for maternity entitlements and other national policies.

Funding Policy

BPNI does not accept funds or any support from the companies manufacturing baby foods, feeding bottles or infant feeding related equipment.BPNI does not associate with organizations having conflicts of Interest.

Legal Status

  1. BPNI is registered as a society under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860, S-23144
  2. BPNI Memorandum of Association and Rules & Regulation of BPNI
  3. BPNI is registered under Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FCRA) (FCRA No. 231650680)
  4. Donations to BPNI are eligible for tax exemption under section 80G(5) (vi) of the ITAct,1961

International Status

BPNI is a part of a global network,the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN).IBFAN is a Right Livelihood Laureate,the award received in 1998,which is popularly known as the Alternative Nobel Prize.It serves as the Regional Coordinating office of Asia to protect,promote and support optimal infant and young child nutrition in over 25 countries as IBFAN Asia. IBFAN is in official relation with WHO since last 3 years.BPNI is also the Regional Focal Point of South Asia for the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA).

Affiliations /Memberships of technical committees nationally/internationally

  1. Member, National Infant and Young Child Feeding Coordination Committee
  2. Member, National Infant and Young Child Feeding Steering Committee, Government of India
  3. Technical Partner, MAA Programme, Ministry of Health and FamilyWelfare, Government of India
  4. Member, Coordination Committee of the Global UNICEF/WHO, Breastfeeding Advocacy Initiative (BAI)
  5. Member, National Shadow Committee on Codex Committee on Nutrition and Food for Special Dietary Uses
  6. Member of Working Group on Children's Right to Food, India
  7. Member of the National Coordination Committee of Jan SwasthyaAbhiyan (People’s Health Movement, India)
  8. Representing IBFAN in the Global Network for Right to Food and Nutrition
  9. Member, Institutional Review Board, National Institute of Public Cooperation & Child Development (NIPCCD)

 

CENTRAL COORDINATION COMMITTEE OF BPNI (2018 - 2021)

Chief Coordinator

Dr. K.P. Kushwaha
A/9, Rapti Nagar, Phase-II
Near Sethi Floor Mill
Gorakhpur
Uttar Pradesh
Email: komal.kushwaha@gmail.com
Cell:- 09415210282

Central Coordinator

Dr. Arun Gupta
BP-33, Pitampura
New Delhi- 110034
email- arun@ibfanasia.org
Tel: +91-11-27312705/06, 42683059
Cell: 9899676306
Treasurer

Dr.Pawan Garg
G-1122, Shakurpur
New Delhi- 110034
email: gargpawan080@gmail.com
Cell:-09313745960

Members

Dr. J.Kumutha
132/7 Anna Flats
Padikuppam Road
Anna Nagar West
Chennai-600040
Email: dr_kumutha@yahoo.com
Cell:- 09444023733

Dr. C.B. Dasgupta
1, Gulab Bari,
Arya Samaj Road
Kota -324006
Rajasthan
email: ektamgupta@yahoo.com
Cell:-09414804414
Dr. K. Kesavulu
Pediatrician
D. No- 02-1/125
Old SBI Street, Mukkadiepet
Hindupur 515 201
Andhra Pradesh
Email:doctorkesavulu@rediffmail.com
Cell:- 09849071755

Dr. Ashok Kumar Datta
149, DDA Flats, (SFS)
Hauz Khas
Delhi-110016
Cell:- 9818682267

Dr. Omesh Khurana
2B, South Park Avenue,
Sector -9, Bhilai
Chhattisgarh-490009
email: ok_2001@rediffmail.com
Cell: 8878507875

BPNI Past - Central Coordination Committee