Originally Posted by abimommy
I think most of us realize that bottles are pretty necessary to many families in order to give their baby the best possible nutrition. The point isn't that they are selling bottles, they aren't going to stop doing that, the problem is that they are advertising bottles.
I had a baby in the NICU and then had weight issues so I pumped for some time. I have medela bottles and NONE of them say "breastmilk" on them, not even the small 2 oz bottles.
The point isn't the bottles but the marketing.
I have used a few different kinds of Medela pumps and they are nice pumps but I have a problem with how they are marketing this.
Marketing pumps wouldn't be a violation but marketing bottles, is. So why don't they just market the pumps?
Why do bottles HAVE to be the focus of an advertisement? Medela is clearly pushing the code but why? Why is that necessary? Many here would recommend a Medela pump without any incentives. Why do they have to make it an issue by marketing the bottles around and sending them out as "gifts" (a WHO Code violation)
I for one would like to see Medela put out some cups, which would be less likely to interfere with latch. Avent sells cups, why doesn't Medela?
Because pumping women are most likely going to need bottles and Medela want them to buy their bottles. Just like all businesses (even Mothering) they want to do good, but the bottom line is making money.
I used a Medela pump for several years and I never even knew they made bottles with nipples. I went and bought other bottles, but if I had known Medela made them, I would have bought those bottles because it would have been so much easier to pump, store, feed in one bottle.
I have a huge problem with Medela being punished for marketing bottles to go along with their pumps. I think the WHO needs to realize that bottles are necessary and it isn't a crime to advertise that a company sells them to go along with a pump.