How do you feel about Gerber

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How do you feel about Gerber
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Mon, 08-25-2003 - 5:17pm
selling breastfeeding products? I know we all agree that thier pumps are garbage but what about other things? Like cream for sore nipples? I was at the ped's office last week and they had a hand out on nursing tips and I picked it up. At first I paid no attention to all the advertisement along the side and bottom till I wasnt happy with soem of the info in it. Then I looked and all the ads were for gerber nursing products. I have no idea were the hand out is now. Hubby had it and I will ask him abot it now. So I wont debate the bad info, lol. Just wondering how you feel about Gerber making breastfeeding products. If the stuff works I have no problem with it but I will personaly stick tot he brands I know and are not made by formula companies. But maybe if they make enough money this way they can stop pushing formula so hard? lol. I do see it as a conflict of intrest thou. Just like I would if the LLL or medela started making a formula or just endorsing one. Just wouldnt seem right to me. I wish I could remember what else they were offing because there were a few other things but I only remember the cream. There were no bottles, formula or pacifers advertised. And I thought that part was at least nice. I was back at the peds today and was going to grab another one to post on but They didnt have any. Hmm Iwonder if they were pulled over bad info or were all picked up? It was also put out by one of the big baby magazines but I cant remember which one. I know. I know I shouldnt post half post of info. But I only want to debate Gerber selling things to help with with nursing not the bad info

April

Ps some of the bad info was that bm can only keepin the fridge for 24 hours. I thought it was longer? And only in any freezer for 3 months. I thought a deep freeze was alot longer. Also it said if you thraw milk in water you can put it in the fridge if it isnt used right away. I thought once milk was thrawed this way it had to be used in a certain amount of time or thrwon away. Now I guess if you do thraw it complelty maybe but it didnt say anything like that at all. I hope I can find it to post who put it out and what was said in it corrertly.


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Mon, 08-25-2003 - 5:26pm
when i can, i'd rather support a company that truely supports bf, but if a gerber product is the one that works i get it.

FE, i like their large superabsorbant breastpads. they really do absorb & newly pp thgat is what i need(ed). but zellers had the exact same kind of pad made by Lansinoh. so when i saw that i grabbed the box! it's entirely possible that both pads were actually made by another company to be distributed by gerber/lansinoh, but if I buy lansinoh at least the profit goes to them, not gerber I guess.

their regular blue box nursing pads suck tho. they feel abt. as absorbant as plastic-coated cardboard. :-(

fio nak

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Mon, 08-25-2003 - 7:50pm
Medela literature states that you can refridgerate milk for 5-7 days. I hope that is correct because I'm leaving some pumped milk for ds on Wednesday and it will be about 4 days old.
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Mon, 08-25-2003 - 8:05pm
I wouldn't buy Gerber products. My rebellious nature is somewhat satisfied by the fact that I don't ever have to go down the baby aisles at the grocery stores. I have developed a pathological distaste for big "baby companies". I like supporting small companies- especially work at home mom companies. I did just think of one exception- I use Medela products and they are a pretty big company. Darn, it is so hard to be in full compliance with one's own idealism!
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Mon, 08-25-2003 - 8:13pm
I don't see it as a conflict of interest, they are just trying to profit from EVERYBODY rather than just FF. I don't see it as anything but a good idea for *their* business. However, that being said, I guess I'm sort of *glad* they are doing it because, living where I live, we are only offered so many things on this post and it's nice that Gerber is selling more because they are one of the brands offered here for this sort of thing. Most of the women on this post BF because it is *heavily* promoted while pregnant and in the hospital with your newborn, so it's good that after I leave they will have these items readily available.

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Mon, 08-25-2003 - 9:14pm
I like their zip lock breast milk bags. They don't make formula, do they? They obviously make babyfood though.

BM can be in the fridge for up to 7 days, and frozen for 3 months. It can be thawed and left in the fridge (if never brought to room temp - if it was only thawed to liquid yet cold) but then must be used within 24 hours I believe.

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Mon, 08-25-2003 - 10:18pm
No, no formula...just mush. ;-) Ha ha.

And bottles. I believe it is the bottles that are the "worst" of not abiding by the WHO code. The baby food is "peanuts"...all they have to do is make it so that they don't advertise to babies under 6 mos and then they abide by the WHO code on that level.

I must say, I really like their training pants. Nice and absorbant where it counts.

Fio.

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Mon, 08-25-2003 - 10:19pm
Pumped milk is supposed to be good, ie not go "off" for 8 days in the fridge. HOWEVER some moms have a lipase-overdose problem and their milk takes on a "soapy" taste as the lipase digests the fat in the milk. Some babies don't mind and others don't like this. It can be remidied by pasteurizing or "scalding" the milk, but it doesn't mean the milk is bad and will harm the baby...just the taste doesn't seem as appealing.

Fio.

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Mon, 08-25-2003 - 10:52pm
So, on Weds if ds doesn't seem to like the milk, do you I think I should tell dh to "scald" the milk in a saucepan, let it cool down and then try it again? I'm also leaving a bottle (gasp), a spoon and a cup so that they can figure out what feeding device is best.
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Tue, 08-26-2003 - 10:42am
I wouldn't buy their stuff either---- being a formula company and all. Also, I try to only buy "vegetarian" products and anything from gerber would not be. (ie- animal testing, ingerdiants, etc.)

kimberley & Baylor

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Tue, 08-26-2003 - 10:52am
What formula do they make? I've never heard of it - just baby food (or mush, as Fio put it). ;)

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