Friday, March 05, 2004

Contra Costa Times | 03/05/2004 | Baby formula marketing effort upsets advocates of breastfeeding: "Posted on Fri, Mar. 05,
By Miriam Jordan
"ANAHEIM - By the dozens, mothers with strollers and protruding bellies approach the stand of the only infant-formula company exhibiting at an annual baby-products fair here. Like many others, Alicia Araujo leaves the booth clutching a free sample can. 'They were very helpful,' she says, pushing a carriage with her 4-month-old, Danielle. Nestle SA is betting on Hispanic mothers like Araujo to boost its share of the $3 billion U.S. infant-formula market -- and some doctors and breast-feeding advocates are irate. The company has begun promoting Nan, a leading brand in Latin America, just as the U.S. government is poised to launch the first campaign in a century to persuade low-income, minority mothers to breast-feed. At issue is whether companies should market baby formula to low-income immigrant mothers when health experts and government officials agree that breast-feeding is healthier, and saves in long-term health care costs. Most health professionals say breast milk is superior to formula for infants, except in rare cases such as when a mother is HIV-positive. Doctors also recommend that all women breast-feed their babies for at least the first six months of life...."
'Breast-feeding dads' help cut infant mortality
The Jakarta Post - The Journal of Indonesia Today
Features - February 29, 2004
Hera Diani, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta
"The term 'breast-feeding fathers' does not describe a new technology enabling men to produce breast milk and then feed their babies. Breast-feeding fathers are husbands who are aware of the importance of breast milk -- the ultimate baby food -- and are getting involved in the breast-feeding process. A study by the United States' Department of Pediatrics found that fathers played a significant role in successful breast-feeding, meaning the good production and 'distribution' of breast milk. Its study of 115 postpartum mothers found that of those women whose husbands were not involved in the breast-feeding process, only 26.9 percent had no trouble breast-feeding. For those women whose husbands were involved in the process, the percentage of success was 98.1 percent. "