Janice - posted on 04/14/2012 ( 95 moms have responded )
Okay, so another thread presented an article in which the author was pissed that an advocacy group was trying to eliminate free formula samples that some hospitals give to new mothers.
And we all started talking about advertising. In many countries formula advertising is banned but that is not true in the US. I had stated that as long as there is equal information presented on both formula and breastfeeding than formula commercials are okay.
But the more I think about it, the playing field is far from even. I decided to open up my new issue of Parents. There were only 2 formula ads. One ad claimed being an expert in nutrition and cant it be said that there are many women out there who trust "expert" nutrition over "natural" nutrition? Additionally this article did not say that breastfeeding is recommended which someone said is required now. The other ad was for a store brand and did in maybe size6 font or smaller at the very bottom of the page state "breastfeeding is best for babies."
There were zero breastfeeding PSAs and the one article that did have some breastfeeding info was not specifically about breastfeeding so you would need to be interested in returning to work after MAT leave in order to find the info.
THIS IS NOT A DEBATE OVER WHICH IS "BETTER" it is purely about how women get info that impacts their baby.