Debate: Infant Formula = Industrial Milk?

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Debate: Infant Formula = Industrial Milk?
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Fri, 03-25-2011 - 7:18pm

What do you think of this alternative term for infant formula: industrial milk? Is it a fair alternative term - or would some see it as derogatory?

I found it on the Breastfeeding Older Children FB page: [courtesy of my French publisher - also a sustained-breastfeeding mama!]

Looking it up online:

Feeding is typically done by breastfeeding, or bottle feeding with expressed breast-milk or with a special, heavily processed industrial milk product, "infant formula". [ http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Baby_care_and_evolution ]

Most studies agree on the protective effect of breast feeding for at least 3 to 4 months, compared with industrial milk products... If the infant is fed on industrial milk [ http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15984301 ]

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Sat, 03-26-2011 - 2:17pm

Oh, I don't know. Isn't Synthetic Infant Nutrition better?

[evil grin]

Oh the one hand I think a new, accurate but attention getting label might be a good idea, mostly I do not.

Ages ago I read a news article about an attempt to get two sides of a hot debate together (probably abortion). Several big names in the controversy met together for a week, intending to begin a conversation. The first two days were spent trying to decide how the two sides would address/label each other. Ultimately, the label controversy ended in a stale mate and an agreement to call each other what they prefer to be called (I think it was pro-choice, and pro-life in this case).

In terms of our debate, many terms for commercial infant formula are possible and accurate. I commonly hear artificial baby milk. I like breastmilk substitutes. I tend to use the word "formula" partially because it is accurate, partially because while "scientifically formulated" once was a plus the tides are changing, but mostly because the formula side approves it.