Saturday, January 19, 2008
Formula for disaster WHO Code violations in the Philipines
This is a 5 part documentary on you tube. I am only posting the first two here. I encourage you to go and view them all.
In New Zealand we may not have the level of poverty apparent here but we do have young women who have great difficulty affording formula. Babies need to have breast milk (or a breast milk substitute) for the whole first year of life. How many women feeding formula continue it for a whole year?
Our baby friendly hospital initiative is being looked at again. We MUST STAY STRONG. We cannot rely on formula companies to comply with the code. We must keep advertising of infant formula and samples out of our hospitals and away from health care professionals. When women absolutely must have formula for some reason we can tell them how to do this without brand promotion. We must not do the job for Wyeth or Nestle, they do a good enough job themselves. We must stay vigilant. this is absolutely shocking, disgraceful and a crime against humanity for the for the profit of corporations.
If you want mor information on this issue or want to know what you can do about it here is a link to Baby Milk Action