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Friday, December 14, 2007

Why I Support the Nestle Boycott

One of the photos in the beginning of this slide show--a mother with her twins--is very popular in the lactation circle. The mother was told she'd never be able to make enough milk for both babies. She breastfed one and bottle fed the other. You'll recognize the photo.

I first became aware of the nestle boycott several years ago. Nestle seems to make EVERYTHING. It's good for me to review this list every now and then.

Baby Milk Action, who leads the boycott states:

Nestlé is targeted with the boycott because monitoring conducted by the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) finds it to be responsible for more violations of the World Health Assembly marketing requirements for baby foods than any other company.And the World Health Organisation, who developed the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes estimate that 1.5 million babies die around the world every year because they are not breastfed. I had no idea that nestle was so huge.

They probably sell a lot more than this now!

Beverages; Nescafé, including Cappuccino, Classic, Expresso and Fine Blend; International Roast; Andronicus; Caro; Carnation; Milo; Nesquik; Vittel and Perrier mineral waters; Nestea.

Cereals: Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Nesquik, Milo

Confectionery; Kit Kat, Smarties, Rolo, Aero, Quality Street, Life Savers; Milky Bar; Milo Bar; Scorched Almonds; After Eight; Allen's confectionery, including Oddfellows, Mackintosh's Toffees, Kool mints, Raspberry Twists, Soothers and Vita C; Allen's/Heards confectionery including Barley Sugars; Black Knight; Granny's licorice; Pixie Caramel; Chokito; Chocolate Raisins/Peanuts; Nut Roll; Crunch; Regina confectionery, including Marshmallows, Party Mix, Pineapple Chunks, Strawberry Hearts and Choc Orange Slices; Nutoata bars; Canterbury Oaty bars, Willy Wonka.Cooking products: Nestlé baking cocoa, Nestlé cooking chocolate, Chocolate Melts, Choc Bits, Milk Melts, Highlander condensed milk, Reduced Cream, Quick Custard Mix.

Cosmetics: Body Shop, Garnier,Lancome, L'Oreal, Maybelline, Redken

Processed food: Maggi; Findus frozen food, including Lean Cuisine; Buitoni pasta and sauces; Nanda pasta; Crosse & Blackwell relishes/pickles.

Pet food: Friskies, Go Cat, Cat Meow, Fancy Feast, Tux, Trusty.


Permission to Mother said...

We've been discussing formula donations to the orphanages following other posts like "A Gift From my Neighbor." (AND I know someone will ask me about formula saving lives of orphans.)

I've already said in another post/comment area that formula companies don't donate to the orphanages because there will never be a financial return on the donation to the orphanage.

That leads us back to the question, does formula donation by "us" save lives.

Nikki gave a thought provoking case of a motherless baby in Dominican Republic (mother died in childbirth). It serves as an example to help make everyone more aware of the limitation of formula. The father left the baby alone while he went to work for the day. The emaciated baby was brought to the agency where Nikki volunteered and eventually died. Would formula have saved this baby? Probably not. It’s pretty obvious that a baby left alone all day with a can of formula will not survive. Babies need so much more than just "a can of formula." ( I know… I know… It sounds so obvious.)

Will formula help improve survival in an orphanage? Only if other conditions are present including some sanitation and someone to feed. Of course, out of large numbers of orphans, there will always be survivors.

I have browsed many adoptions blogs. I am so happy to see these babies finding loving homes. These adopted babies and children are THE survivors.

I hate to think how many more orphans died (we will probably not ever know those statistics) compared to the few who survive.

My point is the orphanages need the formula, but formula doesn't *save lives* ... There must be something else keeping the few survivors alive.

Interestingly my mother's doctor told her she could give me cows milk at one month old and "she weaned me from formula." It says so in her handwriting in my baby book. So I know non-breastfed babies can survive without formula... there are other factors involved.

By all means send your formula to the orphanages, but keep in mind the formula is not the “hero.”

Courtney said...

WOW!!!!! This was very powerful. Thanks for sharing this. I had no idea this was an issue. You know how much concern I have for the children of 3rd world nations. This blows me away. I assumed they all breastfed their babies.

I know Micah and Galya were in Russia, it is in their paperwork.
But, Now I wonder about my other kids.

Thanks for so much for continuing to speak truth and get the word out.

Scarlett_333 said...

I did see a lot of babies being breastfed in the Dominican, so I do think that most of them are. But there are also the motherless children, like Danica, whom Denise mentioned, and the kids whose mothers have AIDS- the kids are more likely to get HIV if they are breastfed.

Permission to Mother said...

Regarding HIV and breastfeeding this link is the most up-to-date info I can find:

In a nutshell, this is w hat it says:

The HIV/AIDS crisis must not be allowed to cast doubt on the general suitability of breastfeeding to meet the nutritional needs of infants and young children. The vast majority of infants around the world will benefit from breastfeeding and, in many cases, their lives will depend upon it. Breastmilk continues to offer protection against such common yet potentially life-threatening diseases as diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections (Ref 1).

Christine said...

Thanks for the post. Very interesting, but it makes me mad that big companies could be so influential.

catalina said...

Oooh ... This video boiled my blood. The poor babies that just want their mommy's milk and these greedy people only want their money! Urrgh!

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