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Venezuela considers banning baby bottle feeding

Posted by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 7:57 AM
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Venezuela considers banning baby bottle feeding

The Venezuela congress is to discuss legislation next week that would prohibit bottle feeding of infants in an attempt to encourage breast feeding and reduce the use of baby formula.

A new mother bottlefeeding her baby
A new mother bottlefeeding her baby Photo: Alamy

Odalis Monzon, from Venezuela's ruling Socialist party, said the proposal would "prohibit all types of baby bottles" as a way to improve children's health.

"We want to increase the love (between mother and child) because this has been lost as a result of these transnational companies selling formula," Ms Monzon said.

She said the Law for the Promotion and Support for Breast-Feeding, passed in 2007, did not establish any sanctions for using formula. However, she did not say what the sanctions might be if the proposed change to prohibit bottle feeding is passed by Congress, where the Socialist Party has a majority.

She said, however, that exceptions would be allowed, such as in the case of the death of a mother, or for women with limited breast milk production, as determined by the health ministry.

Such legislation would likely raise the ire of opposition sympathisers who say the government of the late President Hugo Chavez excessively extended the reach of the state into the lives of private citizens.

"People are free to feed their children as they see fit," said Ingrid Rivero, a 27-year-old mother in Caracas. "My daughter stopped breast feeding after seven months. What can I do? Force her?"

Chavez ally Nicolas Maduro, who was elected in April after his mentor's death from cancer, has vowed to extend his predecessor's 14-year self-styled revolution that enjoyed strong support among the country's poor.

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pvtjokerus
by Platinum Member on Jun. 17, 2013 at 7:58 AM

Now can you imagine how they would enforce this? 

lga1965
by Ruby Member on Jun. 17, 2013 at 8:02 AM
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How stupid. You can't ban a personal private choice.
Good grief
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ButterMeUp
by Silver Member on Jun. 17, 2013 at 8:06 AM
Honestly this is no different than a county trying to prohibit breastfeeding. FF is a personal choice, as is BFing. The issue shouldnt be force. Breastmilk hasn't really been proven by any unbiased science based org. to SUBSTANTIALLY benefit children when compared to formula.
yourspecialkid
by Platinum Member on Jun. 17, 2013 at 8:23 AM

 So how exactly will that be handled for working mothers?  Women won't even be able to pump and feed.

I was not breast fed.  I have always enjoyed good health and I have a very close relationship with my mother.  One of my boys as breast fed for about 6 weeks.  He was sick and his pediatrican was finally able to deduce that he had a milk allergy...not to breastmilk..but through it..from anything I consumed with milk in it.  My other son was breast fed for a few months and I just didn't have enough milk...we supplemented for awhile, but it was a huge hassle.  Both of my boys are extremely close to me.

paganbaby
by Teflon Don on Jun. 17, 2013 at 9:31 AM

How in the hell would they manage to ban bottle feeding? Make Formula Rx only?

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Jun. 17, 2013 at 9:33 AM

o.O damn, that's not cool.


UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Jun. 17, 2013 at 9:35 AM
Not sell bottles or formula.


Quoting pvtjokerus:

Now can you imagine how they would enforce this? 


UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Jun. 17, 2013 at 9:37 AM
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Bet they dont have many women in government.
Mommabearbergh
by Gold Member on Jun. 17, 2013 at 9:38 AM
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Well I don't think there should be a ban but breast feeding should be promoted more. People should be made aware of what's in formula and make a informed decision because not everyone reads the back of the formula cans. I also think if they are going to do something so drastic they need to figure out a way where men won't sexual a women's breast if she has to nurse in publuc
Lizardannie1966
by on Jun. 17, 2013 at 9:39 AM
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Insane. Totally insane.

Yes, breast milk is best but it's a matter of choice and for some Moms, it's not even about choice. It's simply something they cannot do.

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