Infant Formula Warning label

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Infant Formula Warning label
Wed, 11-02-2011 - 7:44pm


Found this on Facebook:

This bumper sticker was on the window of the nursery at the hospital where my baby girl was born. I couldn't believe my eyes. Very exciting to see this! The sticker right beside it said "Breastfeeding Saves $$$ and Makes Sense"

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-20-2008
Sat, 11-05-2011 - 12:40pm
I have long suggested that formula should be categorized as if it where a over the counter drug and along with that it should carry warning labels just as any other over the counter drug does. I realize that it doesn't quite fit the definition of a drug which is why i would out it into it's own category so that it's not just like a food item. It wouldn't require a prescription but it would require clear warning labels about the risks of formula use on and would also require it meet higher standards in terms of the ingredients allow to be used in it's production then are currently required.

In terms of labels, they would be required to state that formula has certain health risks, with maybe a number of different labels stating a selection of the different risks on each label but a website or other source where you can learn about all the other risks not mentioned if you wish. It would also not include the phrase "best s best" anyone but rather some other phrase that conveys the same intended message but without implying the "formula is normal while breastfeeding is a bonus/something extra" as "breast is best" seems to imply.

In terms of the ingredients regulation, there would stronger requirements that new ingredients be better tested for effectiveness before being allowed to be added to formula, such DHA and probiotics. There would also be stronger regulations about how such added ingredients could be promoted in ads so as to not mislead mothers to believing these ingredients provide health and nutritional benefits that have not proven.

Hopefully, if we can change how infant formula us regulated, we can also clamped down on how its promoted in the U.S., even if we can't apply the WHO code as I would like. The U.S. supreme has allowed some greater restrictions on free speech when it comes to commercial speech and hopefully they would allow some greater restrictions if formula was classified similar to over-the-counter drugs, even if it's not technically a drug.