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moms may see stronger warnings on formula

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 http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/breast-milk-experts-seek-right-formula/story-fnet08ck-1226482119636

MOTHERS may see stronger official warnings on baby formula labels about the risks of not breastfeeding.

The nation's food watchdog is seeking feedback on whether "breast is best" messages should be changed to clearly spell out the health benefits of breast versus bottle.

But the Infant Nutrition Council fears more confronting statements will make mothers using formula feel anxious and "second rate".

Under current law, manufacturers point out that "Breast milk is best for babies. Before you decide to use this product, consult your doctor or health worker for advice".

Food Standards Australia New Zealand deputy CEO Melanie Fisher said some public health experts had suggested altering labels amid concern over poor breastfeeding rates.

"Some stakeholders have suggested that the breast is best warning statement be amended to a risk-based statement about the risks to infant health of not breastfeeding," a consultation paper notes.

"These stakeholders state that such a statement would reflect a body of evidence showing that compared to formula feeding, breastfeeding is associated with lower incidence of infection and some chronic diseases, and evidence for improved cognitive development in the breastfed infant."

FSANZ is calling for submissions ahead of a review of infant formula regulations next year.

The Australian Breastfeeding Association says that despite recommendations to breastfeed babies exclusively for six months, less than one in five children are solely breastfed by the time they are at that age.

Infant Nutrition Council chief executive officer Jan Carey said that while breastfeeding was the "ultimate form of nutrition" and a "magical substance", scientifically-based infant formulas were not dangerous.

"I certainly agree that mothers should be able to make an informed choice. It is also important that mothers are not made to feel anxious," Ms Carey said.

"It's unfair if mothers are made to feel second rate." Lack of support at home or in the workplace, concerns about not producing enough milk, and difficulty breastfeeding were key reasons for using formula.

Dr Jennifer James, a senior lecturer in nursing and midwifery at RMIT University, said breast milk provided immunity and childhood obesity protection, and improved brain, oral and eye development.

Infant formula was vulnerable to production errors and contamination if not properly prepared, she said.



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by on Sep. 29, 2012 at 8:03 PM
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annaica
by on Sep. 29, 2012 at 11:08 PM
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exactly what I thought too :)

Quoting Baby_Avas_Momma:

I absolutely agree that the risks should be listed. Wouldn't you want to know all the benefits and/or risks of something so you can make an informed choice?? Formula has it's place and thank goodness it exists for those who have no other options, but it's ranked #4 on the WHO's list for a reason, and not enough people are aware of that.
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annaica
by on Sep. 29, 2012 at 11:11 PM
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I think a label on a big mac saying salads are healthier would be a good idea. some people don't register things until it is in print and right there in their face. then there are people who.don't care regardless, like tobacco users... they've had warnings for a long time and it hasn't stopped the majority.

Quoting susie3g:

It sounds like what they are trying to do is make people more aware of breastfeeding benefits (which I'm all for) but I don't think the way to promote breastfeeding is to talk down the alternatives on their own food label. That's like going to order a Big Mac from McDonald's and on the packaging you get the pleasure of reading how much healthier and better that a salad would have been. Some mothers actually cannot breastfeed and they should not have to read all that. I think it would indeed make them feel inferior when there's no need for it.
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asaffell
by on Sep. 29, 2012 at 11:14 PM
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Except that people can read labels, and make an informed decision. Without that information readily available, there is no informed choice and a mother is going off of guesses and advertising. I am so tired of people being offended by facts. 

BethPrice1345
by on Sep. 29, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Spend the money and time on education and promoting breast-feeding so mom can make an informed decision. By the time mom is reaching for the cam of formula, it's too late to educate her on the subject.
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mostlymaydays
by Group Mod-Stacy on Sep. 29, 2012 at 11:44 PM
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I've said it a million times, I'm all for complete disclosure. If something I give my child to eat raises their chances of getting a disease or health condition, then I want to know before I make that decision. If you HAVE to use formula, why should you feel guilty with these medical facts? My one ds is on medication for asthma, and while it carries risks of side-effects, I'm at peace with the fact that I made a evidence-based decision, weighing risks and benefits. I don't *like* having to read about side-effects but I don't want doctors pretending they don't exist until I bring my kid in with a problem and they tell me that's because of a common side-effect, surprise! As consumers, moms should DEMAND this disclosure, no matter how uncomfortable it makes us.
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annaica
by on Sep. 29, 2012 at 11:44 PM
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sometimes it just takes one person to.make a difference. that person reaching for formula the first day may have a nurse that is educated about lactation and encourages her to try to breastfeed... she isn't a loss for hope :)

Quoting BethPrice1345:

Spend the money and time on education and promoting breast-feeding so mom can make an informed decision. By the time mom is reaching for the cam of formula, it's too late to educate her on the subject.
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annaica
by on Sep. 29, 2012 at 11:45 PM
agreed!!!

Quoting mostlymaydays:

I've said it a million times, I'm all for complete disclosure. If something I give my child to eat raises their chances of getting a disease or health condition, then I want to know before I make that decision. If you HAVE to use formula, why should you feel guilty with these medical facts? My one ds is on medication for asthma, and while it carries risks of side-effects, I'm at peace with the fact that I made a evidence-based decision, weighing risks and benefits. I don't *like* having to read about side-effects but I don't want doctors pretending they don't exist until I bring my kid in with a problem and they tell me that's because of a common side-effect, surprise! As consumers, moms should DEMAND this disclosure, no matter how uncomfortable it makes us.
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degsyuna
by on Sep. 30, 2012 at 5:07 PM
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But the problem is that there is question as to whether the "risks" of formula feeding are actually caused by formula or by other factors.

Yes, some studies show higher IQs and better grades for children who were breastfed. But are those the result of "magic milk" or because children who were breastfed tend to come from higher-income families or homes with a sahm where they have better access to resources to perform better in school?

Same with the health benefits. Is it the antibodies given through breastmilk or kids not having to spend all day at a germy daycare that results in better health?

I am pro-breastfeeding, I think it's a great thing for moms and babies. I just don't feel that the way to increase breastfeeding rates is by trying to scare women into doing it. The best way would be to improve conditions for working mothers so that breastfeeding isn't such a daunting option. When you can only afford a week or two of maternity leave and then you face an uncompromising boss who makes it difficult for you to breastfeed while still abiding by the letter of the law, formula feeding is a really attractive option and no one should treat you poorly for deciding to go that direction.

The law requiring companies to provide a non-bathroom location for pumping was a big factor in my decision to pump for this child. I'd done the pump in a bathroom stall thing with my daughter and it was so awful that I lost my milk in a matter of weeks. Pumping is still stressful and hard but the situation is much better now. I think moms and legislators need to work together to improve conditions for everyone no matter how they choose to feed their children.
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Mom2Phoenix2011
by on Sep. 30, 2012 at 5:16 PM
So you are in essence saying that because there is not a label on things that means people are to stupid to do the research? Where is the label on your breast because I know mine does not have one.

Quoting asaffell:

Except that people can read labels, and make an informed decision. Without that information readily available, there is no informed choice and a mother is going off of guesses and advertising. I am so tired of people being offended by facts. 

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asaffell
by on Sep. 30, 2012 at 5:19 PM
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No, I'm not saying that. I am saying, however, that it is the responsibility of a product that causes harm to inform the public. And there are a lot of mothers who trust formula because they have not been given the proper information about it being so inferior to breastmilk. AND if more moms had the information right there in their hands, it would be harder to ignore.

Stupidity has nothing to do with it. Easy access to information is the point.

Quoting Mom2Phoenix2011:

So you are in essence saying that because there is not a label on things that means people are to stupid to do the research? Where is the label on your breast because I know mine does not have one.

Quoting asaffell:

Except that people can read labels, and make an informed decision. Without that information readily available, there is no informed choice and a mother is going off of guesses and advertising. I am so tired of people being offended by facts. 


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