Formula Restrictions Are Unfair to New Moms

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baby formulaThe latest strike in the war against moms who don't want to breastfeed? Infant formula makers are no longer allowed to use pictures of children on packaging in China. The country wants doctors to promote breastfeeding with all newborns unless there is a medical reason that prohibits it. As such, formula cans must also include a message promoting breastfeeding over the powder alternative. Now, I do believe breast is best, but these new rules are far too extreme in my opinion.

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Breastfeeding is not the right choice for everyone. And having a picture of a baby on the canister will have no bearing on that choice. Now if there are safety concerns with the product (which has happened in China before), that brand should be banned. But that's not to say all formula is bad. Yes, women need to be educated as to the benefits of breast milk, but they shouldn't be made to feel bad if they choose formula instead.

But these new rules are representative of a larger issue. People talk so much of bullying in today's society, and as far as I'm concerned, this is another version of it. Women who elect to formula feed are made to feel like bad parents. This kind of thing is not just happening in China. Many people in the US are advocating for hospitals to stop providing formula for new moms and that's just not fair. 

There are many reasons why a new parent opts to bottle feed. Obviously an illness or a medicine in the blood stream could prevent it, but those shouldn't be the only acceptable ones. Some women are poor producers, some can't balance the rigorous breastfeeding schedule while working or taking care of their other children. For others, it's a painful process physically or emotionally.

Personally, I breastfed despite the fact I wasn't a very good milk producer. I did it for as long as I could. Still, I don't judge mothers who can't or won't. You can raise a healthy newborn on formula. Beating up mothers who choose to do that just isn't right.

Are new moms unfairly pressured to breastfeed?


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ashjo85 ashjo85

Formula feeding is the new smoking, apparently. Next up: TAXES!!!

Prett... PrettyGirlMyers

And queue the breastfeeding nazis in

MamaD... MamaDV1012

I'm scratching my head here but how exactly is not having a picture of a baby on the product and adding a line about breastfeeding going to affect anything?  This is coming from a Mom who formula fed one baby and breastfed another to 15 months.  I don't really see how this will change anything or make it harder for Moms who formula feed. 

nonmember avatar Missy

WHO compliance means no picture of baby on formula cans. People in China are poor and cannot afford formula. This is an issue that you have made breast vs. bottle when it is not. It is ethically irresponsible to market infant formula. This is just following WHO regulation. Are you going to moan about formula companies killing babies in Africa when they hand out free samples and the mother's milk dries up and they cannot afford clean water or formula and the baby dies? Whoops that's something you don't write about. First world problems and all of that. This one is not one of those. If you are up in arms about what goes on in China there are a million worthwhile topics to write about.

wamom223 wamom223

I guess I am just weirded out by this whole debate in general.  I thought being a woman was all about having choices or is that just the choice of whether or not you want to kill your baby?  I understand juding a woman for not feeding her child but I don't understand villianizing a woman because she chose formula.  Yes, we all know breast is best and its what God gave us to feed our babies, but not every woman lives by the same rules or has the same concequences.  What scares me the most about this is that no one is explaining what counts as a medical reason not to nurse.  But its China so who knows?  

jec72579 jec72579

I don't get how something that happens in China really affects us. That may seem cold, but really? Until they try that stupid type of thing here, I wouldn't worry about it. And I agree with MamaD asking how exactly it affects anyone BUYING the formula....

japan... japanmommy

I'm confused how saying they can't use babies to advertise is an attack on formula moms?

Alan N Lyanda Day-Evans

love it "And queue the breastfeeding nazis in" bottle feeding mum can be just as "natzi". everyone should make there own choices on how to feed there baby and nobody should be made to feel bad what ever there choice

MissK... MissKathleen297

Considering all the dangerous and deadly stuff we get from China already, do you want to feed your kid formula from China? They've already had safety problems with formula. It just makes sense to encourage mothers to breastfeed, if at all possible. 



Samal... Samalama319

My niece wouldn't latch on and my sister tried for a month to breastfeed her. She'd spend hours pumping just to get two ounces and she ended up having to formula feed just so her daughter could eat. At my niece's one week check up they told my sister if she loses any more weight they were going to have to put her back in the hospital (my niece was 8 pounds 13 ounces at birth and at her one week she was 8 pounds 1 ounce). Sometimes you just can't breastfeed. I don't know what the packaging has to do with it, though, it's not like they're banning formula.

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