Archive for August, 2013

Down with imperialist milk companies!

Posted in parenting on August 4, 2013 by gohelpyourself

By Anthony O. Alcantara

My wife Em is training Aria to be an activist for breastfeeding.

My wife Em is training Aria to be an activist for breastfeeding.

And that includes companies who make Promil. Promil won’t make your child a genius, contrary to what advertisements say. If it did, I would be gulping Promil right now as I write this.

The sad thing here is that many Filipinos think milk formula for infants and toddlers is the best for their kids. Yes, I know these milk formula  commercials always say, “Breastmilk is still best for babies up to two years of age,” but look at the commercials and how they enumerate the nutrients contained in their products — vitamins from A to Zinc, DHA, AHA, Omega 3, Omega 6, and many more.

Now that’s like the alpha and the omega of the big book of nutrition. Who would not be convinced about giving milk formula to babies? It’s a subtle game of brainwashing.

These milk companies have only one motive: humongous profits. They earn big bucks from selling their products to third world countries like the Philippines. And why? Well, it’s where the babies are. Most people in these third world countries are often too easily persuaded because of ignorance, and probably because they are dazzled by the marketing campaigns, which are often done in collusion with doctors, too. Even poor people, who can ill afford milk formula, and educated people, who will do everything to give the best for their babies, are sadly deceived.

Fortunately, there are an increasing number of sufficiently incredulous people who are able to see through the lies and misleading information.

And many of them converged yesterday for the “Hakab Na! A Breastfeeding Mob” at the Aristocrat restaurant across Rajah Sulayman Park in Manila. It’s an event where breastfeeding moms sat down in one place and breastfed their babies. My wife Em, our toddler Aria, and I went there to show our support.

Aria has been breastfeeding for two years and 11 months now. We think breastfeeding is the best thing that we can give her.

If you want to know more about the real benefits of breastfeeding, check out this site of Jenny Ong: http://www.chroniclesofanursingmom.com/

I’m sure there are other informative and reliable sites, but you can start with that one. And if you know someone who is expecting a baby, please beg her to breastfeed. The collective future of our youth and our nation depends on having the right ideas and knowledge about breastfeeding.

Aria sings and dances before the start of the event.

Aria sings and dances before the start of the event.

As usual, Aria shouts the loudest when the event ended and everybody was clapping.

As usual, Aria shouts the loudest when the event ended and everybody was clapping.

These moms are the ambassadors of breastfeeding in the country.

These moms are the ambassadors of breastfeeding in the country. Let’s give them our support.

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