Formula Restrictions Unfair to New Moms...?

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Formula Restrictions Unfair to New Moms...?
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Tue, 11-05-2013 - 10:22am

http://thestir.cafemom.com/baby/163482/formula_restrictions_are_unfair_to

Formula Restrictions Are Unfair to New Moms

The latest strike in the war against moms who don't want to breastfeed? Infant formula makers are no longer allowed to use pictures of children on packaging in China. The country wants doctors to promote breastfeeding with all newborns unless there is a medical reason that prohibits it. As such, formula cans must also include a message promoting breastfeeding over the powder alternative. Now, I do believe breast is best, but these new rules are far too extreme in my opinion.

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Breastfeeding is not the right choice for everyone. And having a picture of a baby on the canister will have no bearing on that choice. Now if there are safety concerns with the product (which has happened in China before), that brand should be banned. But that's not to say all formula is bad. Yes, women need to be educated as to the benefits of breast milk, but they shouldn't be made to feel bad if they choose formula instead.

But these new rules are representative of a larger issue. People talk so much of bullying in today's society, and as far as I'm concerned, this is another version of it. Women who elect to formula feed are made to feel like bad parents. This kind of thing is not just happening in China. Many people in the US are advocating for hospitals to stop providing formula for new moms and that's just not fair. 

There are many reasons why a new parent opts to bottle feed. Obviously an illness or a medicine in the blood stream could prevent it, but those shouldn't be the only acceptable ones. Some women are poor producers, some can't balance the rigorous breastfeeding schedule while working or taking care of their other children. For others, it's a painful process physically or emotionally.

Personally, I breastfed despite the fact I wasn't a very good milk producer. I did it for as long as I could. Still, I don't judge mothers who can't or won't. You can raise a healthy newborn on formula. Beating up mothers who choose to do that just isn't right.

Are new moms unfairly pressured to breastfeed?


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Sorry...am I the only one wondering how any of that is "unfair" to new moms, or makes FF moms "feel bad."

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Sat, 11-09-2013 - 8:39pm

I suppose your comments might make sense if the WHO were not the World Health Organization. Both the USA and China are part of the "World", yes? The WHO Code aka The World Health Organization's International Code of Marketing Breastmilk Substiutes applies both to China and to the USA.

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Fri, 11-08-2013 - 10:37am

sabrtooth wrote:
<p>1) Why are you bringing issues from a COMPETITORS website, here?</p><p>2) The article refers to practices in CHINA, a Communist county.  What the infant feeding practices in CHINA are, has no more influence on practices in the US,  than what the practices in Somalia, Burma, Iran or on the moon are.  The author obviously felt she needed a sensational way to get people to read her ruminations on the BF vs FF debate. Which speaks volumes about whether or not people would otherwise have read her.</p><p>3)Speaking of the other site, it generally caters to a COMPLETELY different class of person, and this sensationalist, but ultimatly pointless article, is typical of the site.</p>

I should also point out that this board is made up of members from all over the globe. iVillage is not just seen in the USA.

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Registered: 09-01-2002
Fri, 11-08-2013 - 9:18am

mhm127 wrote:
<p>1) Why are you bringing issues from a COMPETITORS website, here?</p><p><strong>To debate. As is regularly done here, at least in the 10+ years I have been a member of this forum.</strong></p><p>2) The article refers to practices in CHINA, a Communist county.  What the infant feeding practices in CHINA are, has no more influence on practices in the US,  than what the practices in Somalia, Burma, Iran or on the moon are.  The author obviously felt she needed a sensational way to get people to read her ruminations on the BF vs FF debate. Which speaks volumes about whether or not people would otherwise have read her.</p><p><strong>I know this is about CHINA---I am not one of those people who need things to be CAPITALIZED in order to NOTICE them. ;)</strong></p><p><strong> I guess we AGREE on the point of my OP, which was " this has nothing to do with being unfair to new moms." Thank you.</strong></p><p>3)Speaking of the other site, it generally caters to a COMPLETELY different class of person, and this sensationalist, but ultimatly pointless article, is typical of the site.</p><p><strong>COMPLETELY different class of person than...what, exactly?</strong></p><p><strong>Thanks for your input.</strong></p>

I'm with you and with Sabrtooth, lol.  It's always vital to debate anything (well, IMO!)  And also, what the government dictates in China regarding infancy and having children is thankfully so far-removed from practices in my country ~ the U.S.ofA. Smile ~ that I can't effectively compare or even give an ounce of credibility to its government on this issue. 

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Fri, 11-08-2013 - 9:15am

sabrtooth wrote:
<p>1) Why are you bringing issues from a COMPETITORS website, here?</p><p>2) The article refers to practices in CHINA, a Communist county.  What the infant feeding practices in CHINA are, has no more influence on practices in the US,  than what the practices in Somalia, Burma, Iran or on the moon are.  The author obviously felt she needed a sensational way to get people to read her ruminations on the BF vs FF debate. Which speaks volumes about whether or not people would otherwise have read her.</p><p>3)Speaking of the other site, it generally caters to a COMPLETELY different class of person, and this sensationalist, but ultimatly pointless article, is typical of the site.</p>

Great questions.

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Wed, 11-06-2013 - 10:38pm

This particular article happens to be about China, but advertisting using the image of an infant is a violation of the WHO Code.

Article 4 of the International Breastfeeding Code of Marketing Breastfeeding Substitutes

4.2 Informational and educational materials, whether written, audio, or visual, dealing with the feeding of infants and intended to reach pregnant women and mothers of infants and young children, should include clear information on all the following points:

  1. the benefits and superiority of breastfeeding;
  2. maternal nutrition, and the preparation for and maintenance of breastfeeding;
  3. the negative effect on breastfeeding of introducing partial bottle feeding;
  4. the difficulty of reversing the decision not to breastfeed; and
  5. where needed, the proper use of infant formula, whether manufactured industrially or home prepared.

When such materials contain information about the use of infant formula, they should include the social and financial implications of its use; the health hazards of inappropriate foods or feeding methods; and, in particular, the health hazards of unnecessary or improper use of infant formula and other breastmilk substitutes. Such materials should not use any pictures or text which may idealise the use of breastmilk substitutes.

http://www.babymilkaction.org/regs/fullcode.html

WHO Code explained:

http://www.phdinparenting.com/blog/2010/2/22/how-to-report-unethical-promotion-of-formula-bottles-and-oth.html

Gerber Baby controversy:

http://www.infactcanada.ca/gerbbaby.htm

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Registered: 07-08-2001
Tue, 11-05-2013 - 12:23pm

1) Why are you bringing issues from a COMPETITORS website, here?

To debate. As is regularly done here, at least in the 10+ years I have been a member of this forum.

2) The article refers to practices in CHINA, a Communist county.  What the infant feeding practices in CHINA are, has no more influence on practices in the US,  than what the practices in Somalia, Burma, Iran or on the moon are.  The author obviously felt she needed a sensational way to get people to read her ruminations on the BF vs FF debate. Which speaks volumes about whether or not people would otherwise have read her.

I know this is about CHINA---I am not one of those people who need things to be CAPITALIZED in order to NOTICE them. ;)

I guess we AGREE on the point of my OP, which was " this has nothing to do with being unfair to new moms." Thank you.

3)Speaking of the other site, it generally caters to a COMPLETELY different class of person, and this sensationalist, but ultimatly pointless article, is typical of the site.

COMPLETELY different class of person than...what, exactly?

Thanks for your input.

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Tue, 11-05-2013 - 11:22am

1) Why are you bringing issues from a COMPETITORS website, here?

2) The article refers to practices in CHINA, a Communist county.  What the infant feeding practices in CHINA are, has no more influence on practices in the US,  than what the practices in Somalia, Burma, Iran or on the moon are.  The author obviously felt she needed a sensational way to get people to read her ruminations on the BF vs FF debate. Which speaks volumes about whether or not people would otherwise have read her.

3)Speaking of the other site, it generally caters to a COMPLETELY different class of person, and this sensationalist, but ultimatly pointless article, is typical of the site.