How far would a mother go to choose formula?

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
How far would a mother go to choose formula?
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Thu, 03-10-2011 - 2:56pm

I can't help wondering if the BFing rates increased after the melamine scandal a couple of years ago, where six infants died and 300 000 were injured by tainted milk powder in 2008. Even now, there is concern about the quality and safety of the powered formula in China, and parents are often travling great distances and spending twice as much for imported formulas for their babies.

It must be very frightening to be a formuls-feeding parent in China right now. I wonder how many North Americans would still choose to formula under those circumstances?

NOTE - This question is about those who choose formula, not those whose choice was taken away.

"Five people have been arrested for fighting in a Hong Kong supermarket over foreign-made baby milk powder.

Buyers from mainland China have been pouring into Hong Kong in recent weeks to snap up supplies of imported baby milk formula because of fears about the safety of locally-produced powder.

Police arrested five people Thursday after a fight broke out as two Chinese buyers tried to buy more than the three-can limit at a pharmacy in the city centre."

More: http://www.thestar.co.za/five-held-in-fight-over-baby-milk-1.1039347

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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Thu, 03-10-2011 - 3:05pm

"The melamine scandal follows one in 2004 when 12 babies in eastern China's Anhui province died of malnutrition after drinking fake powdered formula. More than 200 babies suffered wasted limbs and swollen heads -- common symptoms of malnutrition."

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2008-09-25-3869818932_x.htm

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2007
Mon, 03-14-2011 - 5:20pm
And once again, one of the many reasons why I choose to breastfeed. I don't have to worry about my kids getting contaminated formula. I do feel for those that have to use formula though because they weren't able to breastfeed for whatever reason. I can't help but be frustrated when people don't even attempt to breastfeed because "it's gross" but how gross is it to have bug parts and foreign chemicals in your babies' food because you thought it was gross for them to have to drink from your breast? I guess for those that choose to use it, if they can afford the best stuff, then they should get it. Unfortunately, it is the lower classes in each country that get the raw deal because they don't have the money to get the higher quality products.

Tessa
Single Mom of 6 beautiful children and 3 angels........
CL to Single Moms, January 2010 Winter Wonders, and 2010 Playgroup Friends
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Registered: 11-30-2008
Sat, 03-19-2011 - 2:59pm
Tessa, I agree with you.
On the topic of choosing formula, it makes me sad that formula in China isn't safe. All babies (and people in general) should have safe food.
bigbro
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Registered: 04-13-2008
Sun, 03-20-2011 - 3:59am

I wonder how uncontrolled and influential advertising is there? Has it been allowed to create a perception that formula is the scientific, modern way to go? and breastfeeding is old-hat? Is this part of the overall swing in China to westernised things? Do they perceive it as the best way to do things - despite the issues faced in the past?

Of course, I am sure that as women are in the workforce more and more, many of those poorer women in the workforce would not necessarily be in a position to be pumping and may resort to formula, but I do not think they would be the same group who are flying to Hong Kong to buy formula from there.

Teresa

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Registered: 03-20-2011
Sun, 03-20-2011 - 5:43am

She shouldn't be going to ANY length to chose it, she should be rejecting it

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Sun, 03-20-2011 - 8:32am

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-30-2006
Sun, 03-20-2011 - 8:39am

Are you seriously endorsing what this woman is promoting?

--Wendy
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Registered: 04-16-2007
Sun, 03-20-2011 - 2:21pm
I have to say that I'm with you on this one. My first baby was a csection, but I was inexperienced and didn't know better to stand up for myself and my child, but my next 3 were all VBACs. My fifth baby? I fought to have a VBAC but in the end I HAD to have a csection because he had his cord wrapped around his neck 3 times and he would have died if I had been so selfish as to force him to come out without help. I don't feel I failed him or me. So saying that there is no wiggle room with csections is ridiculous and a little offensive to me. Do I also feel that csections are overused? Absolutely. But there is also a time and a place for them.

Tessa
Single Mom of 6 beautiful children and 3 angels........
CL to Single Moms, January 2010 Winter Wonders, and 2010 Playgroup Friends
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-16-2007
Sun, 03-20-2011 - 2:37pm
Oh. We just fell for it, hook, line, and sinker, didn't we? Great way to advertise your own blog. Bravo.

Tessa
Single Mom of 6 beautiful children and 3 angels........
CL to Single Moms, January 2010 Winter Wonders, and 2010 Playgroup Friends
iVillage Member
Registered: 12-30-2006
Sun, 03-20-2011 - 7:00pm

Yeah, I guess we did! :smileyvery-happy:

Unfortunately, I've heard that kind of BS before about c-sections,

--Wendy

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