Informed Consent for Infant formula?

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Informed Consent for Infant formula?
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Sun, 10-09-2011 - 6:05pm

Should we have an informed consent form for formula? Should parents have to sign a document stating that they understand the risks they are taking on behalf of their child?

The writer of the quote below says that, "

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Registered: 04-18-2001
Sun, 10-09-2011 - 11:07pm
Wow, I was definitely not informed of the risks. If I had been handed a form or had my doctor tell me these things either while pregnant or when we were having difficulties, we definitely would have tried harder to make BFing or pumping work for our first boy.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
Mon, 10-10-2011 - 5:52am

It has certainly caused a storm of posts in reply.

If there was a warning, it could be worded to say that more formula fed babies will develop the following than those who are breastfed.

I think the wording

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 10-10-2011 - 9:36am
teresagem wrote:

Interestingly, Australia is likely to become the first country to enforce plain packaging, with only warning messages and graphic pictures on cigarettes soon, no attractive packaging with nice pictures and prominent brand-names any more.

Canada has had this for years. Unfortunately it has done little to lower the incidence of smoking. People really seem to beleive that " it won't happen to me". Just like online ads, they become blind to the packaging.

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Registered: 06-04-2004
Mon, 10-10-2011 - 2:54pm
I don't have a problem with it. I'm sure there would be an outrage in the US if anyone ever tried to do something like this, but I think it's a good idea. Many people are shocked to learn formula has risks, after they've already begun using it. That is, if they learn about the risks at all. It seems to me that informing them of the risks *first* would be a great plan. If they still want to use it, that's their business, but they've been informed, and they can make a more educated choice.
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Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 10-10-2011 - 11:43pm

That's what I was thinking... Signing an informed consent form would just confirm that the mom-to-be had been informed of the risks involved. It would not take away her choice.

When your child has to have a life-saving operation, as a parent you have to sign a informed consent form, detailing the risks involved in having the operation - which may or may not happen.

The doctors do not say, let's not make these poor parents feel even more guilty when they have no other choice - let's just do the operation and hope for the best! No, you still have to read and sign the form.

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Tue, 10-11-2011 - 8:10am

We have had the graphic pics and warnings for many years.

However, I really thought from the news and the way that the cigarette companies are fighting it that an otherwise plain green box, with no brand name had not been used anywhere. The companies are carrying on as though it is a world first, and fighting it to the hilt, as they do not want a precedent.

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Registered: 03-16-2010
Tue, 10-11-2011 - 10:26am
witch_power wrote:

Should we have an informed consent form for formula? Should parents have to sign a document stating that they understand the risks they are taking on behalf of their child?

The writer of the quote below says that, "

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Tue, 10-11-2011 - 11:04am

Which state is using this wording for their infant formula consent form?

Alternatively, do you think that this article is creating a straw man argument?

I suspect that this alleged "consent form" is fiction.

The IDEA of a consent form is a good one, IMO. I wonder if there is a model one out there on cyber space.



Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Tue, 10-11-2011 - 11:21am

I think ours still had the brand name on it - so that may be new. Here's more info for the different countries - not sure how up-to-date it is:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobacco_packaging_warning_messages

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Tue, 10-11-2011 - 11:32am
nisupulla wrote:

Which state is using this wording for their infant formula consent form?

Alternatively, do you think that this article is creating a straw man argument?

I suspect that this alleged "consent form" is fiction.



Possibly - I am searching and all I have found so far is this same article - with all the exact same responses! I will keep looking...

But I did find this, and thought it was interesting:

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