I will still look to the ABA for support and education if needed. I still respect them as an organization. I know that one extremists views mean nothing in the grand scheme of things!
The world is filled with people with crazy outlandish views about breastfeeding, parenting and lots of other topics and these views really mean nothing to me!!!
But she did not specify that it doesn't happen in Australia. Scaremongering in the highest order. And like PP I rang ABA and must have got a renegade one, because even though they aren't medically trained they honestly think you should disregard medical advice if you are suffering complex medical issues that interfere with breastfeeding. I think ABA is a very good organisation that should stick to minor troubles breastfeeding. But they -don't they try and give advice way over their qualifications, and that shouldn't be happening.
Actually the study was based in third world countries.
before it become illegal to do so Nestlé was supplying formula to healthcare institutions in third world countries having health care professionals promote their product.
The study showed babies were dying due to poor hygiene (of the bottles) water contamination and the fact that on average it cost families half of their monthly income to buy formula for their baby, so mothers were diluting formula to save- causing malnutrition. However having healthcare providers bottle feed the babies immediately after birth made it harder for babies to latch on even if mothers did want to revert, so often they were left with no choice but to continue formula feeding.
Other studies have shown that breast feeding lowers risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and numerous other diseases- however no study has shown that ff increases the risk for these diseases.
Formula does not kill a baby every 30secs in Australia or any other developed country for that matter.
Whether her statements are loosely based on a stretched fact about childhood deaths or not, it was her behavior that is in question.
I can use any number of worrying facts to prove why you simply shouldn't even set foot outside of your door in the morning.
But I don't, because it's scaremongering and it's wrong to do that to people.
Her soap box was even higher than most because those people had already paid to be there. They weren't likely to leave. They weren't there to find out how "bad" formula is, they were there to get assistance with breastfeeding.
So yeah, she was soapboxing. Preaching to the choir. Venting her spleen. Whatever you want to call it she had no right to twist the facts around to sit her own agenda which was simply to ensure that she sufficiently scared those people into going what she thought was best.
There's a word for people like that. Manipulative. Or if you want the unvarnished truth... Bully.
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