Category Archives: Breastfeeding

Philippines launches inquiry into formula milk firms targeting poor

Health department to investigate after Guardian exposed illegal marketing methods

The Department of Health in the Philippines has said it will investigate the actions of four milk formula companies, after the Guardian exposed the illegal and clandestine methods used to market products to mothers.

Officials in the DOH confirmed they were taking action and had also passed on the violations uncovered by the Guardian to the Food and Drug Authority, which holds the power to formally investigate and hand out financial punishment.

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How formula milk firms target mothers who can least afford it

Guardian/Save the Children investigation in deprived areas of Philippines finds companies flouting international code

Formula milk companies are continuing to use aggressive, clandestine and often illegal methods to target mothers in the poorest parts of the world to encourage them to choose powdered milk over breastfeeding, a new investigation shows.

A Guardian/Save the Children investigation in some of the most deprived areas of the Philippines found that Nestlé and three other companies were offering doctors, midwives and local health workers free trips to lavish conferences, meals, tickets to shows and the cinema and even gambling chips, earning their loyalty. This is a clear violation of Philippine law.

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Transgender woman becomes first in world to breastfeed

Doctors hail breakthrough and say case shows ‘modest but functional lactation can be induced in transgender women’

A 30-year-old transgender woman has become able to breastfeed her child, the first ever case of induced lactation in a transgender woman to be documented in academic literature.

Doctors said the case shows “modest but functional lactation can be induced in transgender women”. The account was published in Transgender Health.

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My airport nightmare shows exactly why mothers struggle to breastfeed | Sophie McBain

Heathrow’s lack of facilities is symptomatic of the complete lack of thought given to breastfeeding women in the UK

Last weekend I travelled without my baby for the first time, and I needed to express milk ahead of my seven-hour flight to New York. A member of Heathrow staff told me I should use the baby changing room. I felt bad that I would be occupying the room for at least 20 minutes, but I also felt bad because I thought my breasts might otherwise explode, midway over the Atlantic.

It seems someone knocked (I didn’t hear them) and when they got fed up with waiting they sought help. I heard keys jangling, and then a male attendant unlocked the door from the outside. While my breasts were still exposed and stuck inside a plastic pump, he began lecturing me about how I should pump inside the terminal building or leave the room unlocked.

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