BF issue goes to SC


Got this from PDI‘s issue last Friday. Of course the industry won’t take this lying down. They’ve spent so much money “investing” (rather, “paying off!”) in so many people to build their brands. Now, if only breastfeeding HAD that much money to educate the poor.

In the advertsing of milk products, I think that the worst off would be the (I will not even try to find a politically correct term here) poor. They’re the ones who are talo in all this.

Why? If anyone, it should be them who are taught how to breastfeed from day 1! (And not taught that any brand of milk formula — OR other milk products for that matter — is okay for the newborn if they don’t have milk.)

For heaven’s sake, it’s the doctors and the nurses who need to be educated on breastfeeding because they’re the first line that the mothers meet! And do they know ANYTHING about bf at all??? NO!!!! Believe me, even these so-called pedia “breastfeeding advocates” are not really advocates.

I went to one. She would say, “You should breastfeed, breastfeed, breastfeed” but would always follow up with, “…BUT if you want, you can add to supplement him, his weight gain is not as ‘good’ as I expected.”

Total BS. The World Health Organization has come out with growth charts specifically for breastfed babies. There are some “textbook” standards (e.g., at least 600gms per weight gain for the baby) that one can note while breastfeeding. This site has great information, and the charts themselves.

Going back to the SC — what bf actually needs, especially here in the Philippines, is the advertising money of the milk companies (haha!) to enable education of bf to the masses. I’ve heard of horrendous stories of poor parents feeding their children — get this — condensed milk! (***faint!***) How can these babies survive??? No wonder the mortality rate is so high!

I understand where the milk companies are coming from (much like the dilemma of S when he handles labor cases and is counsel for the management now…he’s from UP Law and they did internship for a year there…obviously, they handled cases of the indigents. As my brother always says, it’s UP — University of the Poor!), but we’re talking gold standard in nutrition here! And for crying out loud, it’s FREE!

Really, the SC should hear this (to be polite) and junk it! Too bad Hilario Davide isn’t around anymore. I heard he was a bfd baby. Perhaps the milk companies waited for a formula fed one, so he wouldn’t be too harsh on them. Was now Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban breastfed? Can anyone tell me?

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6 responses to “BF issue goes to SC

  • Marketmanila

    Someone should do a definitive study on the IQ and resulting school grades of breastfed babies vs. formula. I bet breastfed will come out clearly ahead of the formula kids… There was no formula up until the time the world had about 3.0-3.5 billion humans or so (and another 0.5 million+ who died before that) so how can anyone say mothers run out of milk???

  • Marketmanila

    Someone should do a definitive study on the IQ and resulting school grades of breastfed babies vs. formula. I bet breastfed will come out clearly ahead of the formula kids… There was no formula up until the time the world had about 3.0-3.5 billion humans or so (and another 0.5 million+ who died before that) so how can anyone say mothers run out of milk???

  • rinna

    I think it’s pretty sad that a lot of moms in the Philippines automatically give formula to their without even giving it a second thought. Even sadder is the thought that breastmilk is not sufficient thus the need to supplement with formula. Even moms who’ve read up on the benefits of breastfeeding still supplement with formula at this day and age of the breastpump.
    I, personally, am not totally ecstatic over exclusively breastfeeding just because it’s a huge responsibility and commitment but really, it’s a no-brainer when choosing between breastmilk and formula. I hope the government/courts don’t get greedy and get payoffs from pharma lobbyists.
    This is why it’s so difficult to trust pharmaceutical companies. All they care about is their profits. Greedy bastards.
    Sorry for the rant.

    *hope you don’t mind me commenting. i was bloghopping and found your site.

  • rinna

    I think it’s pretty sad that a lot of moms in the Philippines automatically give formula to their without even giving it a second thought. Even sadder is the thought that breastmilk is not sufficient thus the need to supplement with formula. Even moms who’ve read up on the benefits of breastfeeding still supplement with formula at this day and age of the breastpump.
    I, personally, am not totally ecstatic over exclusively breastfeeding just because it’s a huge responsibility and commitment but really, it’s a no-brainer when choosing between breastmilk and formula. I hope the government/courts don’t get greedy and get payoffs from pharma lobbyists.
    This is why it’s so difficult to trust pharmaceutical companies. All they care about is their profits. Greedy bastards.
    Sorry for the rant.

    *hope you don’t mind me commenting. i was bloghopping and found your site.

  • Mrs.T (thebaghag wannabe)

    Also what I notice is, the people who are more educated *A-B social class* seem to be more bent on breastfeeding, while the ones who belong to the B-C are the ones giving formula directly.

    Correct me if im wrong here. But the less education people get about the wonders of breastmilk for babies, the more inclined they are to believe these pharma companies.

    Too bad really. True that it is a commitment, but wow the long term effects and the fulfillment of being able to give something other than of financial or material value to one’s child is priceless and so rewarding.

  • Mrs.T (thebaghag wannabe)

    Also what I notice is, the people who are more educated *A-B social class* seem to be more bent on breastfeeding, while the ones who belong to the B-C are the ones giving formula directly.

    Correct me if im wrong here. But the less education people get about the wonders of breastmilk for babies, the more inclined they are to believe these pharma companies.

    Too bad really. True that it is a commitment, but wow the long term effects and the fulfillment of being able to give something other than of financial or material value to one’s child is priceless and so rewarding.

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