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Any Truth to this?

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by ethics, Dec 31, 2002.

  1. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    An international agreement to support breastfeeding by restricting the promotion of infant formula is not being enforced, according to a study of advertising practices in four major cities. Studies have shown that women who receive commercial discharge packs containing formula or bottles are less likely to be breastfeeding at 4 months than women given products consistent with the code, such as breast pads and pamphlets on breastfeeding. From 8% to 50% of clinics had been given samples, and up to 18% of clinics accepted gifts from companies that manufacture or distribute breast-milk substitute products. Each year, 1.5 million infant deaths worldwide could be prevented if mothers breast-fed their babies exclusively for about 6 months and continuing up until age 2, according to the World Health Organization.

    This sound like a quack or legit tidbit?
     
  2. Steve

    Steve Is that it, then?

    Hmmm. There are benefits to breastfeeding, assuming the mother is receiving adequate nutrition. I am guessing that many do not, in much of the world. Thus, formula would seem to be a better alternative, in those situations.
     
  3. jamming

    jamming Banned

    Quack, because the biggest problem is malnutrition and dysentery for babies.
     
  4. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Ok, thanks for the input.
     
  5. Advocat

    Advocat Viral Memes a Speciality Staff Member

    While there is quite a bit arguement in developed countries about this, the only proven benefit from breast feeding is the transmission of additional antibody resistance for the first year and a half or so.
     
  6. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Yah, but that's priceless.
     

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