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Venezuela Considers Banning Bottle Feeding to Promote Breastfeeding

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New York Daily News reports:


Venezuela's Congress will discuss legislation next week that would prohibit bottle feeding of infants to try to encourage breast feeding and reduce the use of baby formula, said a lawmaker of the ruling Socialist Party.
Legislator Odalis Monzon said the proposal would "prohibit all types of baby bottles" as a way to improve children's health.
"We want to increase the love (between mother and child) because this has been lost as a result of these transnational companies selling formula," Monzon said on state television on Thursday.


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It is a little unclear from the article whether they are attempting to ban bottles or the act of bottle feeding and leaves some questions. Is taking away personal choice the best way to support breastfeeding? What about moms who pump breastmilk? Why not target formula rather than bottles? 


What do you think? Is this a good way to support an increase in breastfeeding rates? 

post #2 of 10

Not a good idea in my opinion. I don't think the best way to increase breastfeeding is to ban bottle feeding. It would be far better if women were making the choice to nurse, rather than being forced into it. I think they should focus on raising awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding and let women decide for themselves.

post #3 of 10
No woman should be forced to do something with her body that she doesn't want to do.
post #4 of 10

That's absolutely horrible! Yes, breastfeeding is the best for the baby, but being FORCED to breastfeed is a terrible idea. What about women who can't breastfeed? She has to be approved to use bottles? And what happens to the baby while she's being evaluated for lack of breast milk (or other factor)? No, this is just a terrible idea completely.

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I feel that such a policy would be a set-back, not an encouragement, to breastfeeding. I think programs that would educate and support breastfeeding mothers would be far more effective. Although I was blessed to have a good breastfeeding relationship with my first for almost 11 months, I know there are women who struggle, or for some reason, simply cannot breastfeed, and I don't think society needs to place a stigma on these as bad mothers. Even so, a mother should have her own personal feelings on the issue taken into account, also, as part of the benefits of breastfeeding are not just the food source but the extra bonding/etc., which a little one isn't going to receive with a mother who is forced to breastfeed despite her inclination not to. As I had planned to breastfeed the first full year and then evaluate from there, even I felt a bit of pressure from others when I found my little one refusing the breast around 10 1/2 months.

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I believe, wholeheartedly, in breastfeeding. That it is better for baby. It's what our boobs were intended to do.


That said, I don't believe it should be forced. Or that other options should be taken away. What about that rare mother who can't breastfeed? What about the woman who has endured a sexual trauma, and breastfeeding is so emotionally difficult? What about an adoptive mom? (Yes, I know you can attempt to induce lactation, but I also know it's not 100% successful, and it takes time.)  Any way you cut it, you should not take that choice away.


Focus on educating woman. Make incentives for breastfeeding. Incentives work better than penalties, anyway.

post #7 of 10

That is a really dumb idea.  What about adopted babies?  What about babies whose moms die?  What about babies whose moms have to work?  What about babies whose moms lost their breasts to cancer?  This would be a huge step backward in infant health.


I support breastfeeding, and oppose this.  I can't believe Venezuela is thinking of discussing this seriously.


Then again - this is from the NY Daily News.  Maybe they aren't.

post #8 of 10

The real issue here is the misleading media coverage of this issue in the American and Canadian press. "Banning Baby Bottles" is not the real thrust of this law. Venezuela is actually trying to support breastfeeding, but not by demonizing formula or bottle feeding. It is a very pro-baby and mother policy, in my opinion. Please look deeper into this story, beyond the mainstream and tabloid news, if you are interested. 

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The penalties, contrary to what is being reported, are targeted at the formula companies, not mothers themselves. These companies are contravening existing laws by advertising, sampling, and inadequately labeling formula. The law is intended to do many things, including setting up milk banks, and making sure hospitals keep mothers and babies together after birth.


This article is informative: Venezuela Analysis: Venezuela Promotes Breastfeeding Over Baby Food: Corporate Media Spins Out Of Control



It drives me crazy to read the disinformation that is surrounding this policy reform!Cuss.gif

post #10 of 10

I found this article to be helpful in understanding the regulations: http://www.latintimes.com/articles/5415/20130619/baby-bottle-formula-ban-proposed-venezuela-promote-breastfeeding.htm


Again, as previously, I still feel that policies that support good choices are better than those that "demonize" the alternatives.


One thing I also found puzzling was one of the articles that I've read mentioned Nestle specifically as one of the formula companies with which there had been problems, and those problems to be with no labeling in either Spanish or the native Venezuelan tongue. I know that here in Texas, at least, it can be difficult to find Nestle' products, other than the candies and the heavily commercialized products such as chocolate milk mix, without heavy labeling in Spanish - sometimes they appear to be entirely labeled in Spanish and I'll have to search for a tiny bit of information in English if there's any question. So I would wonder why this packaging would be different in Spanish-speaking countries?

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