Infant Feeding: Anatomy of a Controversy 1973–1984 by G. Veraldi (auth.), John Dobbing DSc, FRCP, FRCPath (eds.)

By G. Veraldi (auth.), John Dobbing DSc, FRCP, FRCPath (eds.)

Infant Feeding is set an argument which interested the scientific and medical international, in addition to nationwide and overseas health and wellbeing specialists, politicians, spiritual teams and purchaser enterprises, for greater than eleven years. It frequently disturbed public opinion, caring, because it is, with not anything under the lifestyles and loss of life of infants. the newborn foodstuff was once at once accused of getting prompted a decline in breast-feeding in the course of the irrelevant advertising and marketing of breast milk substitutes. the matter was once stated to be rather acute in terrible under-developed groups, simply because illiterate moms have been not able to appreciate directions for its use, water used to be frequently infected and, in an effort to "stretch" an admittedly dear product, it was once over-diluted. The inevitable outcome, acknowledged the critics of undefined, was once malnutrition, gastroenteritis and elevated boy or girl mortality. those have been very critical fees opposed to businesses which had till then been commonly thought of to supply an enormous contribution to clinical development and baby overall healthiness. One corporation was once to be quite singled out: Nestlé SA, the Swiss multinational. possibly it grew to become the objective since it was once the longest institution, and served good as an emblem of the entire undefined. it's a tale that's choked with confrontations, intrigue and passionately-held reviews, dependent, however, on a massive physique of scientific technological know-how. After numerous twists and turns, it has a few kind of "happy ending". but greatly continues to be stated, as could be noticeable during the book.

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Marketing practices might be altered to protect particularly vulnerable babies, yet if those same infants really needed a breast milk substitute in the form of a commercial formula, such products should be provided. Well thought out as Statement No. 23 was, it was unavoidably presented on the horns of the classic moral dilemma, as its authors themselves acknowledged: "It is clearly important to avoid any action that would accelerate the trend away from breast-feeding, at the same time, it is essential to make formulae, foods and instructions available to those mothers who do not breast feed/or various reasons" (emphasis added).

All the best intentions of PAG were soon overtaken by events. The Debate Goes Public Dr. Jelliffe, who had emerged from the PAG discussions as the most outspoken critic of Industry, did not hesitate to make his dissent known. In July 1973, even as Statement No. 23 was undergoing its last round of refinement, he spoke in despairing terms of PAG's three-year effort to "obtain some sort of overlap between nutritional adequacy, modest profit [for the industry] and a mass market". Implementation of Statement No.

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