Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Health Check: 'Aids has brought the makers of formula milk a marketing opportunity to die for'

By Jeremy Laurance
17 May 2004
"It used to be so simple. Breast was best. No argument, no dispute, end of story. And when manufacturers of baby milk infant formula, such as Nestle, started promoting their products in the developing world it provoked an outcry which reverberates today. A study published in The Lancet confirms 20 years of research showing that breast is best. Bottle feeding, research shows, may have led to the early deaths of thousands of children in the West. But the role of breast feeding in the developing world is even more important...." [ Addresses problems with use of formula to prevent AIDS in third-world countries; briefly notes Durban research on exclusive bf. - JC ]

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