Infants have no choice
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|Tue, 09-14-2010 - 4:15pm|
Women should have the right to choose what to do with their own bodies - but male or female, an infant gets no choice, no say in what they eat, how they are fed, no matter how it affects their body. Even if baby is not coping well at all, their mother's choice is more important than the baby's health or nutritional needs.
As the numbers of women who initiate BFing increases, there is the possibility that the mother's right to choose might one day be in jeopardy - and many will fight to maintain that freedom, even if they would not make that choice for themselves or their babies. But the babies will continue to have no choice.
"As infants have no choice about what they consume, they should be offered special protection from a product marketed to their mothers, in line with regulations that restrict the direct marketing of certain foods to young children."
"Formula companies like to frame distributing diaper bags with formula in the hospital as a matter of choice. The International Formula Council set up a website warning mothers about legislative efforts that would limit their right to make a "well-informed decision" and to receive formula samples in the hospital. A sister site offers a petition demanding continued access to formula company materials and samples from hospitals, telling mothers, "Your freedom to choose between breast and bottle feeding could be in jeopardy.""