formula feeding is trial and error, as you mentioned about your son. You got advice from family and friends. I got advice from a midwife. We don't need ads to give information. We all know they're one sided anyway.
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27-01-2015 20:22 #211
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27-01-2015 20:26 #212
27-01-2015 22:54 #213
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27-01-2015 23:05 #214
YOU (yes YOU!) need to watch this!
As for your other comment that you need advertising as it's hard to know what's out there. Pfffft! A simple google comes up with loads of sites, including what BigRed posted. It's not hard to learn what is out there if you're proactive enough to look and learn.
Nobody is saying that using formula is wrong or that we judge anyone, we've been solely discussing the ethics of advertising it. Please don't make this personal.
Eta: just saw the link isn't allowed. I'll copy and paste it.
"Ever wondered why you never see ads for baby formula? It's part of a marketing code to ensure formula remains a health product and not a consumer product.
There is a lot of debate about the marketing of baby (also called infant) formula, and in Australia it is prohibited to directly advertise infant baby formula, though toddler formulas can be advertised. There are also strict rules about the imagery which can be used on the cans of baby formula.
Toddler formulas are considered more of a consumer product, though many health professionals argue toddlers should be drinking cows milk rather than formula.
The World Health Organisation has a code of marketing practice which formula manufacturers should abide by to ensure best health outcomes for babies all over the world. This is because:
Advertising infant formula as a substitute for breast milk competes unfairly with breastfeeding, which is not subject to advertising, yet which is the safest and lowest cost method of nourishing an infant.
Advertising infant formula as a substitute for breast milk favours uninformed decision-making, bypassing the necessary advice and supervision of the mother’s doctors or health care providers.
Advertising of infant formula fails to achieve the objectives of ensuring best quality and the lowest cost and creating an informed public, which are among the benefits assumed to be a result of direct advertising.
Most authorities agree that baby formula is no ordinary consumer product and should be treated more as a nutritional medicine to be used with the advice of health workers.
With the rise of social media and websites, some health authorities are concerned that formula marketing laws have not kept up with changing media consumption.
The Australian government released guidelines for marketing infant formula on electronic media in October 2012, and these state:
“Manufacturers should not initiate discussion or actively provide information about infant formula via social media such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or electronic forums. However it is recognised that manufacturers and importers cannot control postings by consumers or third parties on such forums which are not under their control and are therefore entitled to respond to issues or questions raised where:
the question is directed to the manufacturer or the issue requires a corrective or clarifying statement;
the response is in the same forum;
if a question relates to a health condition, the consumer is directed to speak to a healthcare professional; and
includes a statement to the effect that breastfeeding is best for babies, which links to the Important Notice Information on the manufacturer’s website.”"
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28-01-2015 05:19 #215
I think it a public policy responsibility to limit and put a frame around what advertising can and can not do.
Because all they care about (big corporation) is $$$. They don't care about us.
So yes I also think that unhealthy food advertising should be limited in what they can say and show on TV and elsewhere. That they shouldn't be allowed to find schools or other kids activities etc.
28-01-2015 06:36 #216
28-01-2015 07:44 #217
YOU (yes YOU!) need to watch this!
@HeavenBlue I received advices and education about formula from a Lactation Consultant! And I wasn't even asking for it.
But it was an option and its important to know what they are and what the pros and cons are etc.
Your experience shows that there is a lack of proper education and information from medical professionals about FF. That's what need to be improved.
Advertising can't fill that gap IMO.
28-01-2015 07:50 #218
I think the problem is that everyone else is deciding what is 'encouraging' formula for other women. With DD the middies refused to even discuss formula as it was encouraging it. We can't view advertisements bc it is encouraging it. Meanwhile these women are left with no professional avenue, and often no social avenue, to gain that education. Then we wonder why so many women end up with PND and complaining on forums how judgy society is about formula.
28-01-2015 07:59 #219
28-01-2015 08:25 #220
@delirium we have the same ban in France and trust me, no one will judge you for feeding formula to your baby.
You'd be judged for feeding breastmilk.
So I don't think the issue is with the advertising ban.
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