Infant formula

The only truly organic baby milk is breast milk

A careless mother has fed expired milk to her kid and it is all the fault of the supermarket.

If she’d ben breast-feeding then this issue would never have arisen…and how snobby buying”organic” milk for her kid…yeah the cows haven;t been treated with antibiotics, dosed, milked days earlier,m processed, pasteurised or anything else…but it’s organic…bullshit, the only organic milk is breast milk.

A child was sick for 48 hours after her mother inadvertently fed her baby milk from Tesco that was ten months out of date.

Jerri Lee gave two-month-old daughter Milan a bottle of organic milk she had bought on the way home from work.

But within moments the baby was sick and then remained ill for two days.

Photographer and model Miss Lee checked the bottle as Milan had never been sick before and had been healthy since she was born.

To her horror she found that the milk she had just given her was from a box of six small bottles whose sell-by date had expired ten months earlier.  Read more »

Babies will die if they follow Wendyl Nissen’s advice

Via the Tip Line

Regular readers will know I’m no fan of Wendyl Nissen, but her latest rant is nothing short of irresponsible and should be retracted immediately.

The toxin found in Fonterra’s whey which was then used in baby formula teaches us a valuable lesson. Don’t trust corporations to make our food.

A keen WOBH reader has just sent this to me via the tip line - Wendyl’s musings about homemade infant formula and link to this lunatic site is dangerous and places babies at risk.

 In my old Plunket books which I used to researchMother’s Little Helper there are numerous recipes for milk formula or “humanized milk” as it was called then. They used cream, whey, water and sugar, and also evaporated milk with water and sugar added. Perhaps Plunket could offer up a recipe mothers could try as an alternative to being dependent on tins of tainted formula? The Weston A Price Foundationwhich is a strong advocate for natural unprocessed foods has some recipes on their website but they look very complicated and I’m not sure most mothers would have access to the ingredients… Read more »

Sucking on the Taxpayers’ Tit, Ctd

All this talk about troughers got me thinking about what they’re really wanting. Wet nursing and milk banking is all fun and games, but the one that has serious implications on New Zealand is their idea of plain packaging of infant formula.

Problem is that some of these Brestapo groups in their push to have all mums breastfeed their babies, ignore (or are paid to discourage mums that struggle to breastfeed.

This harassment of mums is now threatening to reach a whole new level as the Brestapo take on the manufacturers of the product they so loathe.

They’ve clearly taken on the lessons of those troughers in the anti-tobacco industry and jumped ahead of the game.

The Brestapo don’t seem to care about how limiting (destroying) the branding of, for example, New Zealand’s largest company and other New Zealand companies infant formula brands will impact on this country’s global competitiveness.

The Brestapo certainly don’t care about the Government’s efforts to have Tim Groser’s head up the WTO or how Tim’s trying to explain though the laugher of our trading partners why NZ is limiting the IP rights on one of our country’s key exports.

The Brestapo don’t care.

It’s bordering on time Ryall storms into his health ministry and informs his officials that the National Government stands for Competitive Enterprise, Individual Freedom and Choice and Personal Responsibility.

Sucking on the Taxpayers’ Tit, Ctd

If you were spitting out your cup of warm milk at the post yesterday exposing Breastfeeding NZ and the amount of dosh those troughers were tucking into, then you’d better sit down.

Topping the list of Brestapo groups is one called the Women’s Health Action Trust or Women’s Health Action for short.

Having gouged out over $1 million from the public trough they clearly feel as though they’re untouchable.  They’re clearly not worried about some contract they have with Jo Goodhew’s Ministry of Health, in which the work they undertake is meant to be “consistent with and maintain the actual and perceived political neutrality of the MoH”. Hell no, we’re the Brestapo.

They’ve agreed with the Ministry to fund them for, wait for it… to make complaints about the WHO Breastfeeding Code (i.e. lodge complaints against infant formula).

Hang on a second. Do you mean to say that the Ministry of Health is funding this group to make complaints about manufacturers producing infant formula for NZ mothers who struggle to breastfeed? Well yes!

But wait there’s more.

Troughers are well known for lobbying the Government – despite the so-called MoH ‘actual and perceived political neutrality’ get out of jail card, inserted into every contract. Here we have the Women’s Health Action contract stating that they are to lobby the Government.

and;

So what you say. It doesn’t say lobbying in here, so you’re winding this up. Sadly no. Look what they state on their website right at the top of their activities…

So, yet again here we have troughers sucking up over $28,000 per month (and have been for the last 4 years at least).

I bet Tony Ryall may be starting to wonder what is going on in the bowels of his Ministry and why his Associate Ministers’ aren’t all over this like a rash.

Looks like a razor gang is needed once again to dive into the Vote Health budget.

Sucking on the Taxpayers’ Tit, Ctd

And just while I’m nursing an interest in these troughers and their ideas, all this talk against plain packaging from big tobacco reminded me that these troughers also want plain packaging on infant formula.

Seeing New Zealand’s biggest company Fonterra is proudly selling its Anmum product in countries like Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Vietnam earning NZ much needed export dollars, I thought I’d scare the horses by showing how their loopy ideas like plain packaging would look for infant formula.

These troughers don’t want anything on the product that seems or may send a positive message to mums. So those happy smiling mum/baby pics would be replaced with an image of a mother that looks depressed and all Aunty Mingy-like, a baby that looks unhappy, a big warning label (now required in the Philippines) and let’s not forget take away the colour is another seducing factor. Whammo

I’m no fan of Fonterra, but the problem I have is that large corporates sit there all high and mighty thinking that loopy ideas that impact on one industry won’t happen to them. Well plain packaging is stalking Fonterra now as it is stalking the booze companies. It is the thin end of a very large wedge.

Meanwhile the troughers who are bitterly against various causes, i.e. the troughers that think infant formula manufacturers are evil, keep pushing their ideas through their government providers. Before you know it, their ideas are written up in reports and presented to government as ideas that have the endorsement of “stakeholders”.

All this talk makes you wonder whether the Government has looked at its values recently…

Sucking on the Taxpayers’ Tit, Ctd

Yesterdays post about troughers really fired up the WO army. Seems Jo Goodhew has a few problems on her hands as more surprises keep popping up – something Government’s don’t like.

We’ve seen a state funded hui/stakeholder consultation of health groups pushing for plain packaging and dedicated taxes on infant formula together with bans on NZ exports. Fonterra doesn’t seem to appreciate what’s coming their way, but never let it be said I didn’t warn them.

Up first is the concept of a ‘Wet Nursing’ programme, an idea flowing from the Christchurch earthquake crisis where mum’s were stressed out and struggled to breast feed naturally.

For Kiwi blokes, this means some random lactating woman turns up at your front door, flops out her tits for the young fella to have a suck on, while the missus sits there and watches.

On the other hand if this woman turned up knocking on your door, offering to ‘wet nurse’ your infant, many dads would not only be more than happy to welcome her into their home, but wish they were 2 years old as well. Don’t think the mums would be, though

Another idea latched onto (excuse the pun) by these troughers is that of a ‘human milk banking’ system. Apparently during times of crisis, like Christchurch, a Government funded (of course) milk bank would kick into action, sending litres of chilled breast milk down to the starving infants whose mothers are too stressed to breast feed naturally. These troughers just can’t stand the idea that mums might consider buying infant formula.

So we’d have a Kiwibank styled ‘Milk Bank’. I can just see Simon Power’s Westpac Bank all outraged about the competition. Would this lead to mums popping along to the local branch of the Milk Bank, taking out a deposit?

Meanwhile Fonterra and other infant formula producers can all go and take a bath, as these troughers would rather crawl over broken glass than have infant formula as a ready solution to mums struggling to breast feed.

So who are these troughers… all will be revealed soon enough.

Sucking on the Taxpayers’ Tit

Each day the tip-line runs hot with scurrilous tit-bits of the untoward. A lot comes out of Wellington, home of that pinko Farrar as well as busy-body bureaucrats determined to run a Sir Humphrey view of a clear conscience, plotting ways to push through their own pet projects.

As one of the largest bureaucracies in New Zealand, the Health Ministry is also one of the largest recipients of public money with Vote:Health receiving a solid whack of about $14b each Budget.

Recently the tip line has provided an insight into the nefarious activities of some of the groups literally sucking on the taxpayer’s tit. There’s a lot so I’ll do a series of posts on this.

Early last month breast feeding advocates converged on Wellington for a state funded hui or “stakeholder consultation” at the airport’s convention centre. As this involves some serial troughers I think some sunlight into this area is required.

On the basis that mothers should breast feed their babies if they can, the question is what happens if they can’t. And this is where it gets interesting.

As with most Ministry of Health funded cardigan wearing groupies, it seems the more extreme ideas the better. Pull together a group of breast feeding advocates (activists) and there’s little talk about actually helping mums with breast feeding, instead it’s about big business scaremongering.

The likes of Fonterra should be very worried.

These women’s groups are now calling for plain packaging of infant formula akin to Turia’s recent brain fart that’s bound to see NZ brought before the courts by those evil tobacco companies. They call for an infant formula tax to be placed on the manufacturers. They even suggest that infant formula should only be allowed on prescription from a GP like a heroin addict.

To top it off they even call for New Zealand not to sell infant formula to the world because it was “morally wrong” even though infant formula is sold at 10x the value of milk powder and is a big export earner (conveniently forgetting that export dollars are how mad huis like these can actually be held).

Basically they are trying to equate formula with addictive, carcinogenic poisons and drugs. It is shameful.

And to top it all off this ‘hui’, stakeholder consultation or whatever you want to call it, also had an earth mother ‘stunt feeder’ attend,  sitting there breast feeding her baby throughout the meeting without saying a word. I’m surprised the baby didn’t erupt with reflux having to sit through that bollocks.

This sort of nonsense by troughers literally shows how tits Wellington has become. More concerning is that the Minister responsible for all of this is Associate Minister Jo Goodhew.

I’m sure Ryall, English, Joyce and Key will be just tickled pink that a Minister is overseeing ideas that can damage one of New Zealand’s leading exporters.