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Monday, January 15, 2007

More say formula is "as good as" breast milk

"A growing number of Americans incorrectly believe that infant formula is as good as breast milk, while more are becoming increasingly uncomfortable with mothers breast-feeding their infants in public, the CDC said."


"This may at least in part be due to the introduction of formulas that contain long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in 2002, the researchers note, which have been advertised as "mimicking the positive influence of breast milk" on brain and vision development. Also, the researchers note, spending on advertising for infant formula rose from $29 million in 1999 to $46 million in 2004"

Read more here.

I don't find this hard to believe at all. Very sad.

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Anonymous Heather said...

This article makes me sad too. Although some women may find it necessary to use formula, I think its sad that many women now believe formula & breastmilk are interchangable.

I heard a man on the radio once say he saw a woman breastfeeding in public, and thought it was the most disgusting thing he'd ever seen - he likened it to urinating in public.

Some people are so ignorant it hurts. :(

11:03 AM  
Blogger venessa said...

That is very sad indeed. I think advertising definitely plays a role in people's beliefs about the healthy nature of formula, but despite that, I think mother's would be more likely to breastfeed longer if they felt socially supported. I do bf because it is healthier for the baby, but there are so many other reasons as well.

11:17 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

It makes me sad on so many levels. :(

Every time we take a step forward, we seem to go back. I just don't get it, at all.

8:41 PM  
Blogger mamalife said...

It does seem to be a commont belief. I blame it on the awful advertising of the formula companies.

8:59 PM  

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